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This Day (My Fellow Citizens Edition)

April 30th, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Also on this day in 1789, George Washington delivered his first Inaugural Address. A handwritten copy of page 1 can be seen above, courtesy of the National Archives. George Washington took the Presidential oath on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall. Below, an enthusiastic crowd assembled in the streets. The President and members of […]

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This Day (Wait, What Day? Edition)

February 22nd, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1732, George Washington was born at Popes Creek farm in Westmoreland County, the son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. It’s a little confusing, because by Washington’s calendar, he was actually born on February 11, 1731. That’s because at the time England (and therefore Virginia) used the Julian, or Old […]

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This Day (Is for Presidents Edition)

February 18th, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · 1 Comment

Happy Presidents Day! The holiday—officially called Washington’s Birthday and established by Congress in 1971 as the third Monday in February—is meant to honor United States presidents. Eight of the forty-four, or 18 percent, were born in Virginia: George Washington Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe William Henry Harrison John Tyler Zachary Taylor Woodrow Wilson There […]

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This Day (Unprecedented Edition)

December 5th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1792, George Washington, for the second time, is unanimously elected president of the United States by electors who, in turn, were chosen by individual state legislatures. Although our excellent entry, written by the historian Henry Wiencek, does not say this, I do believe he was the only president to be unanimously elected once, […]

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Here’s to You, Mr. Washington

November 15th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From the A.V. Club: The hot trend of reanimating dead presidents that has swept our multiplexes, political conventions, and mad scientist labs has inevitably made its way to the network small screen, as NBC announces it’s developing a series about the life of George Washington. Barry Levinson, The King’s Speech writer David Seidler, Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame, and Oz co-creator Tom Fontana are […]

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A Visit from Hologram George

November 7th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Democalypse 2012 – Election Night 2012: This Ends Now – Hologram George Washington www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook   Hologram George Washington made an appearance last night during The Daily Show‘s live election coverage. […]

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Draw the Line

October 31st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

As we were speaking of George Washington earlier, above you’ll find a rather minimalist portrait of the first president begun by the artist Jason Novak and completed by his eighteen-month-old daughter, Gertie. The pair collaborated on all the United States presidents, and I have picked out a few from Virginia. (Here is a list of […]

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This Day (Washington Froze Here Edition)

October 31st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

On this day in 1753, the Virginia governor dispatched George Washington and six of his best men to trek all the way to Ohio country, where they were to demand the departure of a French military force. Good luck with that. The journey, conducted in winter, proved an arduous one, and the French, predictably, told […]

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The Late President

October 9th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

G. Washington. Late President of the United States of America. Painted by G. Hodson at New York. Engraved by P. Dawe; April 1, 1801 (Harvard University Library)

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This Day (It’s a Long Life Edition)

October 1st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Happy birthday to Mary Anna Randolph Custis, who was born on this day in 1807 at Annfield, in Frederick County. She was the great-granddaughter of Mrs. George Washington, and the future wife of Robert E. Lee. This last relationship is at least somewhat ironic, because as a young woman she embraced her mother’s great cause […]

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If You’ll Walk Across My Camera

September 28th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Allen Browne, of the blog Landmarks, snaps this photograph of a hippopotamus statue and Ingrid Bergman bust in front of the campus of George Washington University: Legend has it that the Potomac was once home to these wondrous beasts. George & Martha Washington are even said to have watched them cavort in the river shallows […]

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Off-Roading

September 26th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

George Washington‘s birthplace Birthplace National Monument via Google Street View.

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Washington Listens to Wagner

September 24th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The above images are from An Alphabet of Celebrities (1899) by Oliver Herford (1863–1935), a writer, author, and illustrator known for saying things like “The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven’t seen the joke yet,” or “A man is known by the silence he keeps.” At top is […]

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Yankee Doodle

July 16th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Sketch of George Washington by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, made on July 16, 1796 (Maryland Historical Society). The inscription reads: Sketch of General Washington stolen at Mount Vernon while he was looking to discover a distant vessel in the Potowmac in which he expected some of his friends from Alexandria.

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Read and Then Riposte

July 12th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Last month the blog of Harvard’s rare books library posted the image above. It’s George Washington‘s copy of a book written by James Monroe criticizing the first president after he (Monroe) had been dismissed as ambassador to France. In the margins are snarky comments in Washington’s own hand. Stung by the slight and frustrated with […]

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WWJD (Cont’d)

June 22nd, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 1 Comment

I have been wanting to write a post all week about the appropriation of Thomas Jefferson by the various disputants in the ongoing controversy over the resignation of Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia. My recent illness has prevented me from doing that, so here—if you’ll forgive me—is something a bit more off […]

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We Were All to Have Been Put to the Sword

June 14th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From the National Archives: The journal details Samuel Leavitt’s tour of duty from his initial march to West Point to his return home to Stratham, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Leavitt’s journal mostly describes the day to day activities of his unit and encounters with British troops between July 5, 1780 and October 1780. On page […]

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No Target on This Guy’s Back

June 6th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

It’s a wonder so many people want to impersonate Thomas Jefferson, says this George Washington impersonator. “Washington is received almost universally with acclamation and roaring applause,” Dean Malissa says. “My friends who portray Thomas Jefferson walk around with a target on their back. People are just ripe for all kinds of mischief with Jefferson. Same with […]

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“Help Me”

May 29th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

IMAGE: George Washington by Anthony Freda

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A Slave Named George Washington

May 18th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Speaking of “separate but equal” and Jim Crow, Ta-Nehisi Coates quotes from Edmund S. Morgan‘s American Slavery, American Freedom: The connection between American slavery and freedom is evident at many levels if we care to see it. Think, for a moment, of the traditional American insistence on freedom of the seas. “Free ships make free […]

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Virginia Map #3

May 17th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, this Map of the western parts of the colony of Virginia, as far as the Mississip[p]i, was created by George Washington in 1754. Virginia’s borders are colored orange, and Washington’s route from Williamsburg to French Fort is also marked.

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Many Beds, Just One George

May 2nd, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The following item about George Washington appeared under the heading “Biography” in the New Yorker on May 17, 1958: The best essay on George Washington that we have received in the mail this year came from a United States Army service school in Berlin, and was written by a student whose first name is Carolyn. […]

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Go Ahead, Make My Washington Biopic

April 18th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From Variety: Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire “The General,” a George Washington pic with Darren Aronofsky attached to produce and direct from a script by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Par is exclusively eyeing the project under its first-look deal with Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures banner. If the studio doesn’t close a deal in […]

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Britain Lauds gDub as Most Worthy Foe

April 17th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

The blog George Washington Wired at Mount Vernon tells us that ol’ gDub (as we call him*) has been chosen by the Brits as their all-time most worthy battlefield foe: Online voters chose from an assortment of Britain’s historical military adversaries and the five finalists—George Washington, Michael Collins, Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal […]

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Undefeated

April 11th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

IMAGE: Mini Dove Comics

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