Washington’s Birthday

mpj0178767000011Yesterday—February 22nd, 2009—was the 277th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The very first President of the Unites States of America, he has continued to be popular and intriguing, even as centuries pass.

The Brown Library has many books about Washington, including:

  • Bancroft, Aaron. The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the American Army Through the Revolutionary War; and the First President of the United States. Call number E312.B227
  • McDonald, Forrest. The Presidency of George Washington. Call number E311.M12
  • De Forest, Elizabeth Kellam. The Gardens & Grounds at Mount Vernon: How George Washington Planned and Planted Them. Call number E312.5.D4
  • Wills, Garry. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. Call number E312.62.W54 1984
  • Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. Call number E312.17.W6 2003

For more information, check out the official White House biography of George Washington: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington/.

For some interesting alternate history, try this article on John Hanson, third President of the Continental Congress, who first employed the title, “President of the United States in Congress Assembled:” http://www.marshallhall.org/hanson.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hanson_(myths).

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