Was born on the 22d February, 1732, near the banks of the Potomac, in the County of Westmoreland, Vriginia. At the age of 15 he obtained a midshipman's warrant in the navy of Great Britian; but immediately resigned at the request of his mother. He remained in private life after the defeat of Braddock until 1774, when he was sent from Virginia to a seat the Continental Congress. In 1775 he was appointed commander-in-chief of the national forces, and acted in that capacity until the close of the war in 1782, when he resigned and retired to private life. In 1789, he was unanimously elected President of the United States, and held the office until 1797, when he once more retired to Mount Vernon, where he died December 14, 1799. Of him it is truly said, "his history is that of his country." This portrait of General Washington was copied by Woodside from Stuart's original painting. The frame was made in the public streets of the city by the journeyman cabinet-makers of Philadelphia, in the procession commemorative of the centennial anniversary of Washington's birth. [P. 23.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.