George Washington

George Washington

George Washington, born in Virginia on February 22, 1732, was the triumphant Commander in Chief of the American Revolution, and the first President of the United States. He was also an entrepreneur, farmer, and the only slaveholder among the Founding Fathers to free his slaves in his will.

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Mount Vernon: George Washington5 stars

"No estate in America is more pleasantly situated than this," declared Washington, speaking of his eight-thousand acre home, Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon has changed very little over the last 200 years, except now you can tour it from the comfort of your home computer. Start with Learn More, and you'll be guided through the Washington biography. For a tour of Mount Vernon, click on The Estate & Gardens. This outstanding resource includes lesson plans for teachers.

Papers of George Washington5 stars

The Papers of George Washington was established in 1969 to compile and publish a complete edition of Washington's correspondence. There are 135,000 Washington-related documents held in photographic form in the project's offices. This website covers highlights from the project and includes a few excerpts such as his farewell address and Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789. Be sure to peruse Educational Resources (look under History) which includes two slide shows, a mini-lesson, and a George Washington webquest.

PBS: Rediscovering George Washington5 stars

"Why should young Americans who care about their country and aspire to do something worthwhile with their lives be interested in the greatness of George Washington? For at least two reasons: First, although knowing what is worthwhile and what is possible is essential to living a good life and doing some good for our country, we are not born knowing these things." Explore Washington's great legacy with a biography, timeline, gallery of primary documents, and six of Washington's letters read by Charlton Heston.

Smithsonian Institute: George Washington: A National Treasure5 stars

Mark Pachter, curator of the National Portrait Gallery, calls Gilbert Stuart's 1796 full-length portrait of George Washington "probably the most important visual document from the founding of our country." The interactive portrait feature allows you to explore the painting from three different perspectives: symbolically, biographically, and artistically. Don't let the portrait take all your time though, because the rest of the site (biography, games, teacher guide) is just as wonderful.

White House on George Washington4 stars

As part of its series on American Presidents, the White House web site presents George and Martha Washington. As this is the only one of this week's sites that features Martha, I was curious to learn more about her. The oldest daughter of John and Frances Dandridge, she was born June 2, 1731 on a plantation near Williamsburg. As was typical for a girl, Martha's education consisted mostly of domestic and social skills. Although she and her husband closely guarded their privacy, in one of her surviving letters she confided to a niece that she did not enjoy her role as First Lady.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Biography.com: George Washington

George Washington Biography For Kids – America’s First President

History.com: George Washington

Social Studies for Kids: George Washington


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Feldman, Barbara. "George Washington." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 17 Feb. 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/george-washington/ >.


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