Washington, George (1732-1799)

First president of the United States. Member of Virginia House of Burgesses (1759-74). Delegate to Continental Congress. Commander of Continental Army from 1775 until the end of the war.

Correspondence with Franklin mostly concerned news of the war.

Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Married in 1759 to Martha (Dandridge) Custis, a widow. No children of his own, although he acted as a father to the daughter and son from his wife’s first marriage.