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On this day in 1732, founding father and our 1st president George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia

February 22, 2026

On this day in 1732, founding father and our 1st president George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Aside from serving two terms as our first president, Washington was Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Uniquely, he was in a position of steering the emerging nation to success not only with political prowess, but through military strategy.

Washington also set precedents for presidential power that have endured to the present and showed restraint in limiting the power of the office.

Did you know? Washington was so widely beloved, that he is still the only president in history to have been elected unanimously. To this day, “Washington” is one of the most common place names in the United States and the only presidential moniker used as a state name.

 

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait), Gilbert Stuart, 1796

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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February 22, 2026
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