A Painting of George Washington

George Washington: The Father of Our Country…

Before the United States of America became a country, he was a well-to-do and well respected landowner. In the Revolutionary War, he was the general who led the American Army to victory over the British. And, when Americans elected their first president, whom did they choose? George Washington, of course! Washington was president for eight years, and then he retired.

Congress let Mr. Washington pick out the spot for the permanent U.S. capital city, and he chose land between his home state (Virginia) and Maryland. Then, Congress decided to name the new city after the man who picked it out. That’s how Washington D. C. got its name.

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Quotes from U. S. Presidents

The best title of all: an honest man.
George Washington

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
John F. Kennedy

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About Mt. Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

 It’s a Fact: Mt. Rushmore is a huge sculpture of four U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

It’s a Fact: It’s carved into granite in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

It’s a Fact: The faces of the presidents are 60 feet tall!

It’s a Fact: It took 400 workers over 14 years to finish the job, which was finally completed in 1941.

It’s a Fact: During construction, over 800 million pounds of stone were blasted away from the mountainside.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: The capital of the United States is Washington D. C. The initials D. C. stand for “District of Columbia.”

Fun Fact: The second President of the United States was John Adams. Mr. Adams was elected after George Washington decided not to run for a third term.

Fun Fact: The Washington Monument, which was named after George Washington, is about 555 feet tall.

Fun Fact: The state of Washington is also named after George Washington.

Fun Fact: Although he was elected president of the United States, George Washington didn’t belong to a political party.

Fun Fact: George Washington never lived in the White House! It wasn’t completed until after he died.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.

Before he became president was George Washington a general in the army or the mayor of Wahington D. C.?
He was a general.

Is Mount Rushmore in South Dakota or South Carolina?
South Dakota.

Who was elected president after George Washington retired?
John Adams.

How tall are the faces on Mount Rushmore: 6 feet, 60 feet, or 600 feet?
Each face is about 60 feet tall.

Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.

Story Idea #1: You can write about the amazing life of George Washington.


Story Idea #2: If you could ask George Washington one question what would it be? And, how do you think he would answer?

To help you write a great essay, we have some timely tips and helpful hints.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a Riddle for You:
What rock group has 4 guys who don't sing?
Mount Rushmore.

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