George Washington 

This cover is not an FDC it comes from a limited edition collection of Presidential Commemorative Covers
featuring historic US stamps & official US postmarks.
by the Westport Collectors Society 1976

Cachet by Westport Collectors Society

       This month our Biography celebrates  Fathers Day and who better then the Father of our country George Washington born February 22, 1732- died December 14, 1799 . He was born to a moderately prosperous planter in Westmoreland County, Virginia, raised with 2 stepbrothers from his fathers first marriage.Little else is known of his boyhood years until  the age of 21 when he had become an experienced Surveyor, a Major in the Virginia militia, and Landowner.  George was an outdoorsman and became a member of the Virginia gentry. His life seems to be built around his time in the  Military,  1754 he went to Fort Duquesne (today Pittsburgh PA) and was defeated by the French.He twice returned during the French & Indian War (1755-63) first as an aid to General Braddock and 3 years later as a Colonel and took the fort from the French.On January 6, 1759,at the age of 27  Washington resigned his commission and married the widow Martha Dandridge Custis.The newlywed couple moved to Mount Vernon, property left to him from his eldest brother Lawrence, who died in 1752. George and Martha had a good marriage, and together raised her two children from her previous marriage, John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis.This introduced him into politics as a member of the House of Burgesses (1759-74) where he became increasingly outspoken in opposing British revenue raising measures, and he was a signer of the Virginia Non-Importation Agreement (Stamp Act). He became a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774-75 and believed total Independence from Britian was inevitable. He would attend the congress in his Fairfax Militia uniform and was believed to be the colonies most able soldier, thus the logical  choice to lead the patriot Armies. On July 3rd, 1775 at the age of 43 Washington arrives in Cambridge Mass to take charge of the Patriot Armies. He became a celebrated hero as leader of the Continental Army 1775-1783, the only country to Defeat Great Britian and gain independence by doing so. He emerged as the nation's leading citizen-soldier and the foremost symbol of patriotism.It was inevitable that he be chosen the presiding officer of the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787.And in 1789 he was the unanimous choice for President  of the United States. He was inaugurated  at New York City's Federal Hall on April 30, 1789.  Washington set many precedents for the national government and the presidency in particular, still used in one way or another today.
      George and Martha also raised two of Mrs. Washington's grandchildren, Eleanor Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis. George and Martha never had any children of their own together, it is believed his earlier bout with smallpox (possibly followed by tuberculosis) may have made him sterile.Washington died suddenly on December 14, 1799 of a throat infection and a bad cold. His death was honored not only in America but in France & Britian .
        Representative Henry Lee, a Revolutionary War comrade and father of the Civil War general Robert E. Lee, famously eulogized Washington. Lee's words set the standard by which Washington's overwhelming reputation was impressed upon the American memory.
 "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting...Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues...Such was the man for whom our nation mourns".
 Happy Fathers Day.................

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