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George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732, and he became a surveyor before joining the Virginia militia. He rose to prominence during the Revolutionary War, leading the Continental Army to victory against the British. After the war, he retired to his plantation at Mount Vernon, but he was soon called back into service to lead the Constitutional Convention.Washington was unanimously elected as our first president, and he took office in 1789. He was faced with many challenges, including…

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29 Inches High x 21 Inches Wide x 12 Inches Deep This bust is from the full-length figure of George Washington. Houdon was commissioned to create the statue for the state of Virginia. He stayed at Mount Vernon for a couple of weeks, studying his subject and creating a life-mask, and then completed the sculpture back home in France. It was installed in the Capitol's rotunda in 1796. As with many of Houdon's works, the statue was widely reproduced, and the bust was also reproduced with…

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A premier leadership scholar and an eighteenth-century expert define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny. As Washington sought to interpret the Constitution's…

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Born in 1860s Missouri, nobody expected George Washington Carver to succeed. Slaves were not allowed to be educated. After the Civil War, Carver enrolled in classes and proved to be a star student. He became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College and later its first black professor. He went on to the Tuskegee Institute where he specialized in botany (the study of plants) and developed techniques to grow crops better. His work with vegetables, especially peanuts, made him…

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Nearly every American can cite at least one of the accomplishments of George Washington Carver. The many tributes honoring his contributions to scientific advancement and black history include a national monument bearing his name, a U.S.-minted coin featuring his likeness, and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Born into slavery, Carver earned a master’s degree at Iowa State Agricultural College and went on to become that university’s first black faculty member. A keen…

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The Mother of the Father of our Country. Mary Ball Washington was an unlikely candidate to be the mother of history’s most famous revolutionary. In fact, George Washington’s first fight for independence was from his controlling, singular mother. Stubborn, aristocratic Mary Ball Washington was entrenched in the Old World ways of her ancestors, dismissing the American experiment even as her son led the successful rebellion against the crown. During his youth, ambitious George dove into the…

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