George Washington Collectibles
George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States and commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington had little formal schooling but taught himself to be an expert woodsman and worked as a surveyor and a mapmaker in his early life.
In 1752, Washington joined the colonial militia. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754 and fought in what grew to be the French and Indian War.
In 1759, Washington married Martha Custis, a widow, and helped take care of her children.
That same year, Washington entered the Virginia House of Burgesses where he consistently opposed what he saw to be unfair British taxes.
By 1774, he was one of the leading Virginian figures supporting the colonial cause.
Washington was appointed commander of all colonial forces in June, 1775. He formed the Coninental Army and worked to feed, clothe and equip his soldiers.
First President of the United States
In 1787, Washington was elected president of the Constitutional Convention and persuaded the states to ratify the resulting constitution.
In 1788, electors from every state unanimously chose George Washington as their first President.
Though Washington wished to retire after his first term he was re-elected in 1792.
He finally retired in 1797 and died on December 14th 1799.
Many examples of George Washington’s autograph still exist today and are sought after by many collectors.
Christie's sold a handwritten letter signed by George Washington for £1.9 million in New York in May 2009.
In 2010 an accounts document listing the payment of slave labour in the construction of a Canal at Shenandoah Falls was sold for £29,950 by Paul Fraser Collectibles.
In June 2012 Washington's own specially-printed copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including his hand-written annotations, sold at auction in New York at Christie's. It smashed it's pre-sale estimate of $2 - $3 million to sell for $9,826,500, a new World record for an American book and historical document.
Sotheby's New York auctioned a portrait of George Washington by American painter Gilbert Stuart in November, 2005. It sold for $8,136,000.
A marble bust of George Washington made by neoclassical sculptor Hiram Powers sold for $182,500 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York in December 2008.
In January, 2009, the painting “George Washington at Princeton” by Charles Peale Polk sold for $662,500 at a Christie’s auction in New York.
An Epaulette worn by George Washington was sold at a Christie’s New York auction in 2000 for $72,850.
Postage stamps and banknotes
George Washington has appeared on several U.S. postage stamps in many different denominations including, amongst others:
- 1862 24c
- 1895 2c
- 1914 5c
- 1916 7c
- 1928 2c
George Washington also appears on the U.S. one dollar bill and U.S. one quarter coin.
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