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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in a simple Virginia farmhouse. As a child, he enjoyed learning arithmetic and riding his horse. As a young man, he liked surveying. As an adult, he was a hero in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The best-known and most loved leader in America, he was elected the first president of the United States in 1789 and was reelected in 1792. George Washington died on December 13, 1799. It has been said that he was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

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