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George Washington Died at His Mount Vernon Home
December 14, 1799

Today, we call Washington the "father of our country," and many landmarks and places bear his name: Washington, D.C., the state of Washington, the Washington Monument, and numerous towns across the United States. Perhaps there is a school, park, street or landmark named after him where you live.

We celebrate Washington's birthday as a national holiday. Countless paintings and statues honor him, and money bears his image too, most notably the quarter and the one-dollar bill. Places where he lived, fought, worked or visited have been preserved to remember his contribution in forming the United States. Washington has been honored for his leadership and as a symbol of the U.S. the world over. Even Napoleon's armies and the British channel fleet paid homage to his memory when he died. So it was lucky for the U.S. that George Washington spent so little time as a gentleman farmer.

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