George Washington was a very important man in United States history. Known as “The Father of his country” he was the first president of the United States and was unanimously chosen for the role by his peers. He was also the dominant military and political leader of the country from 1775 to 1797. George Washington was responsible for leading the continental army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War. He also supervised the writing of the American constitution in 1787. George Washington worked hard to establish a government that was well-financed and stable. He believed in avoiding war and suppressing rebellion. Along with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington is a central icon of what America stands for.
When and How Did George Washington Die?
George Washington passed away on the evening of December 14th 1799. It is said that he became sick with a severe throat infection on December 13th 1799 which became progressively worse. It is not known for certain whether it was quinsy, acute epiglottis, tonsillitis or laryngitis. He died in his own home in Mount Vernon at approximately 10pm on December 14th. On his deathbed he had this to say of his passing “I die hard but I am not afraid to go.” His last words to his beloved wife Martha were “’tis well”. On December 18th 1799 a funeral was held at Mount Vernon where his body is buried. Much talk was held about moving his body to the capitol and placing it in a marble monument. But this never eventuated due to strong opposition from the South. Instead a tomb was constructed at Mount Vernon where his remains lay to this day.