Illustration taken from a Gilbert Stuart portrait.
Illustration taken from a Gilbert Stuart portrait.
Beyond the fact that George Washington was the first president, he remains the most admired man in American history. He died 215 years ago this week.

      Some statues depict Washington as downright godly, and clearly, he had ambition, character and ability. But read enough about Washington and a picture of the flesh-and-blood man emerges. Here are fast facts about our first commander in chief:

Born: Feb. 22, 1732.

Died: Dec. 14, 1799 (age 67).




     Quick Study is compiled by YT&T editors using these references:

     The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents by William A. DeGregorio, (Barricade Books; 1993).

     Washington, The Indispensable Man, by James Thomas Flexner, (Little Brown & Company; 1969).

     Founding Father, Rediscovering George Washington, by Richard Brookhiser, (The Free Press; 1996).


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