Free Printable Vintage George Washington Pictures

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Please scroll down to see all the free George Washington pictures

With Presidents Day and an inauguration (and an historic one, at that) approaching, there's renewed interest in Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, whom many call the father of our country.

Some of the vintage George Washington pictures on this page are mini-biographies, in that they feature the key points in Washington's life in pictures. The picture to the right is a good example. It features a bunch of cherries, which alludes to the old story that every school child knows: George chops down a cherry tree with his new hatchet and admits the deed to his father by saying something along the lines of, "I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree."

The problem with that story is that it was probably a fabrication of Mason Locke Weems, a pastor and bookseller of George's time. He authored and sold the Life of George Washington; with Curious Anecdotes, Equally Honorable to Himself, and Exemplary to His Young Countrymen, in which the cherry tree story appeared. No one really knows whether he made up the story to embellish his book and therefore sell more copies. If so; it worked. There were 82 different editions of the book published, incorporating several languages. But I guess it doesn't really matter if it's true. It's a nice story.

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Little George chops down the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie")Washington crossing the Delware with his menA stately portrait of our first presidentWashington's presidential inauguration A greeting card for George Washington's birthday -- used long before there was a Presidents DayPortrait with American flag and cherries to remind us of the legend of the cherry tree
Little George chops down the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie")
Little George chops down the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie")
Washington crossing the Delware with his men
Washington crossing the Delware with his men
A stately portrait of our first president
A stately portrait of our first president
Washington's presidential inauguration
Washington's presidential inauguration
A greeting card for George Washington's birthday -- used long before there was a Presidents Day
A greeting card for George Washington's birthday -- used long before there was a Presidents Day
Portrait with American flag and cherries to remind us of the legend of the cherry tree
Portrait with American flag and cherries to remind us of the legend of the cherry tree

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Facts About George Washington

  • George Washington had trouble with his teeth his whole life. That's why you seldom see him smiling in pictures. He wore a variety of dentures, some of which were spring-loaded. The result was that he was often in pain.
  • Washington worked as a surveyor when he was young, giving him knowledge of the Colony of Virginia that later came in quite handy.
  • George had only seen wealthy widow Martha Dandridge Custis twice in three weeks before he proposed to her. The marriage made him the wealthiest man in Virginia and increased his land holding considerably.
  • Washington is the only president who ever received 100 percent of the electoral votes.
  • George originally turned down the $25,000 annual salary for being president, because he was already wealthy. Congress members eventually persuaded him to take the money, however, so people wouldn't think the presidency was only open to those who were rich enough to serve without being paid.
  • Washington, D.C. is the city in the world named after an American president. The other city is Monrovia, Liberia.
  • Washington state is the only U.S. state named after an American. Ironically, Virginia and West Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina and Georgia are all named for British monarchs.

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aduna hubert jur. 7 years ago

i luv these pictures


nina bullerg 6 years ago

wheres Martha washinton and their kids?


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WordPlay 6 years ago from Georgia, y'all Author

Sorry, I have no idea. These were painted a long time ago, so the artists aren't alive to ask.

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