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This portrait of George Washington (1732-1799) is attributed to Jane Stuart (1812-1888). It was painted sometime in the 1800s, after Gilbert Stuart's "Athenaeum Washington" from 1796.
George Washington was born in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the son of Augustine and Mary (Ball) Washington. He married Martha (Dandridge) Custis, a widow, in 1759. He worked as a surveyor in Virginia, served as a commander in the Virginia Regiment during the 1750s and was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758. He was commander-in-chief of the Continental Army from 1775 to 1783 and the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Washington retired to his Virginia Estate, Mount Vernon, where he died in 1799.