George Washington(1732-1799), First President of the USA
Sitter in 22 portraits
Born in Virginia, the first son of a planter, Washington had formal education lasting only a few years. Despite this, he managed to teach himself skills through reading books and watching others. He learned planting and land surveying and in 1759 married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow with large land holdings and numerous slaves. While still young he devoted his time to being a soldier and politician. He was Commander-in-Chief of the American forces during the War of Independence and in 1789 became the first President of the United States.
by Frederick Holland Mares, after Disdéri, and Camille Silvy, and Duroni & Murer, and Émile Desmaisons, and John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and (George) Herbert Watkins, and William Edward Kilburn, and Horatio Nelson King, and John & Charles Watkins, an
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
by James Stephenson, after J.F. Renault
line and stipple engraving, circa 1860