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Definition: First president of the United States, he also fought (for the British) in the French and Indian War and was the commanding officer of the victorious American forces in the Revolutionary War. He was named president of the Constitutional Convention. He served two terms as president, during which he invented the Cabinet, his advisers, and tried to calm the bickering between the two new political parties, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. After his second term, Washington retired to his home at Mount Vernon, to live a quiet life with his wife, Martha.

Related Resources:
George Washington: American Hero
Read this fun, illustrated biography of Washington from your Publisher.

George Washington and the Crossing of the Delaware
George Washington's crossing of the ice-filled Delaware River, from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in the dead of night on Christmas, was a desparate gamble that paid off, the kind of victory that energized the American army and the American people. Read more about it.

George Washington
See drawings of him, read facts and figures about his victories, etc.

Elsewhere on the Web:
George Washington Trivia
Did you know he was the only Founding Father to free his slaves?

Life of George Washington
Learn all about the life of this famous American!

Papers of George Washington
Understand the man better by reading his own words.

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