Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Washington Chosen President

Two hundred twenty years ago today, February 4, 1789, the Electoral College met for the first time. By unanimous vote, George Washington was elected President of the United States of America. On April 16, 1789, Washington was sworn as the first President of the United States of America.

In the John Ramage miniature, a portrait which Washington commissioned as a keepsake to give to Martha in the fall of 1789, the year in which his sole remaining tooth was extracted, the shape of the mouth graphically reflects the Father of Our Country's toothless state. But he did not find anything wrong with the depiction, which Martha kept and treasured for the rest of her life.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Perhaps my favorite U.S. president.

Indigo Red said...

Certainly one of my favs. George set the standard in so many ways - reluctant servant, eager to leave, shunned Kingship, left after two terms, insisted on Mr. President rather than Excellency. All this and more without a formal education.

Amazing man.