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George Washington

1st president of the United States, 1789–97
George Washington was born on 22nd February 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. While in his twenties, he fought in the French and Indian War (1754–63). In 1759, he resigned from the army, married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow, and became a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon, Virginia. He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Like his fellow planters, he grew dissatisfied by British regulations, and increasingly voiced his resistance.

The log cabin has been a symbol of humble origins in US politics since the early 19th century. Seven United States presidents were born in log cabins: Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and, the last, James Garfield. Although William Henry Harrison was not one of them, during the 1840 presidential election he was the first to use a log cabin as a symbol to show Americans that he was a man of the people.

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