Study Guide

George Washington Biography

Size may not be everything, but George Washington's monument in the capital city named after him simply towers over everyone else's. Several other presidents—Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt—share the honor of memorialization on the National Mall, but none surpass George Washington's in scale or majesty. Washington's great obelisk is still the biggest in DC, and for a time it was even the biggest in the world. It quite literally overshadows the competition. Alexander Hamilton, who was so sure that Washington was the most important, might have been a more likely candidate for indispensability. Hamilton was brilliant—much more so than Washington. Indeed, Washington himself thought so: he had Hamilton draft his political speeches and kept him close by his side throughout his political life. So what was it about GW? How did he come to be the indispensable one?

Childhood & the Cherry Tree Myth

French & Indian War

Martha Washington

Colonial Revolutionary

General Washington & the Revolutionary War

Retirement to Mount Vernon

Washington & the Constitution

President Washington

Second Term

Farewell Address

Washington's Slaves

Death

Family

Education

Work Experience

Major Works

Awards

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