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George Washington

(In office April 30, 1789 March 4, 1797)

Born: February 22, 1732, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia
Died: December 14, 1799 (age 67), Mount Vernon, Virginia

George WashingtonGeorge Washington served as the first President of the United States of America (17891797), and led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (17751783).

What do you know about George Washington?  Chop down this quick quiz.

1. In 1754, Governor Robert Dinwiddie of Virginia commissioned Washington a lieutenant colonel and ordered him to lead an expedition to drive out the French. With his American Indian allies led by Tanacharison, Washington and his troops ambushed a French scouting party of some 30 men, led by Joseph Coulon de Jumonville. What was the fort they were to take?

  • Fort Duquesne
  • Fort Pitt
  • Fort Necessity

2. In 1755, Washington was an aide to a British General on the ill-fated Monongahela expedition. This was a major effort to retake the Ohio Country. While Braddock was killed and the expedition ended in disaster, Washington distinguished himself as the Hero of the Monongahela. Who was the British General?

  • Nathan Hale
  • Edward Braddock
  • Edwin Carr

3. George Washington was introduced to Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow who was living at the plantation on the south shore of the Pamunkey River in New Kent County, Virginia, by friends of Martha when George was on leave from the French and Indian War. George only visited her home twice before proposing marriage to her 3 weeks after they met. George and Martha were each 27 years old when they married on January 6, 1759 at her home. What was the name of Martha's plantation?

  • White House
  • Grovers Corner
  • Fairfax Acres

4. Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775; the next day, on the nomination, Washington was appointed Major General and elected by Congress to be Commander-in-chief. Who nominated Washington to be the commander of the Continental Army?

  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams

5. Washington's army camped at Valley Forge in December 1777. How long did they staying there?

  • Three months
  • Six months
  • Nine Months

6. Washington delivered the final blow in 1781, after a French naval victory allowed American and French forces to trap a British army in Virginia. The surrender at Pearl Harbor on October 17, 1781 marked the end of most fighting. 

  • True or False?

7. The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only president to receive 100% of the electoral votes. 

  • True or False?

8. As a young man, Washington had red hair. He wore a wig, as was the fashion among some at the time. 

  • Fact or Myth?

9. On December 12, 1799, he spent several hours inspecting his farms on horseback, in snow and later hail and freezing rain. He sat down to dine that evening without changing his wet clothes. The next morning, he awoke with a bad cold, fever and a throat infection called quinsy that turned into acute laryngitis and pneumonia. Washington died at his home, while attended by Dr. James Craik, one of his closest friends, and Tobias Lear V, Washington's personal secretary. Cause of death: Streptococcal infection, acute edema of the larynx. 

  • True or False?

10. Where is George Washington buried?

  • Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
  • Washington Memorial, Washington, DC


1. Fort Duquesne

2. Edward Braddock

3. White House

4. John Adams

5. Six months

6. False. Washington delivered the final blow in 1781, after a French naval victory allowed American and French forces to trap a British army in Virginia. The surrender at Yorktown on October 17, 1781 marked the end of most fighting.

7. True

8. Myth. Washington did not wear a wig; instead he powdered his hair, as represented in several portraits, including the well-known unfinished Gilbert Stuart depiction.

9. True

Angels on your pillow10. Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

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