Lived: Feb 22, 1732 – Dec 14, 1799 (age 67)
Height: 6′ 2″
Spouse: Martha Washington (m. 1759 – 1799)
Structures: Mount Vernon
Children: Martha Parke Custis (Daughter) · Frances Custis (Daughter) · Daniel Parke Custis, Jr. (Son) · Daniel Parke Custis Jr (Son)
Buried: Mount VernonHighlights
- 1759: Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759, the wealthy widow of Daniel Parke Custis.
- 1774: In July 1774, George Mason arrived at Mount Vernon with a list of resolutions which he and Washington worked overnight to refine.
- 1787: He appeared at the convention as a delegate from Virginia, and he was unanimously elected its president in 1787.
- 1789: Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 at age 57, taking the first presidential oath of office at Federal Hall in New York City.
- 1779: He died peacefully with Martha calmly composed at the foot of his bed around 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 1799 at age 67.
Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940. Washington, presiding officer, stands at right.
Also on this day,
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Founded: Oct 24, 1945 · Lake Success, NY
Headquarters: New York, NY
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Map of the current UN member states by their dates of admission. B 1945 (original members) T 1946–1959 G 1960–1989 O 1990–present Y non-member observer states