George Washington Facts and the State of Virginia

Here are some George Washington facts, and other historical and demographic facts about the state of Virginia. The history of America is closely tied to Virginia, especially during Colonial times.

  • Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America.
  • Slavery was first introduced in the state of Virginia in 1619.
  • The American Revolution and the Civil War both ended in Virginia, at Yorktown and Appomattox, respectively.
  • Virginia is called the "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there. They are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
  • Other famous historical figures from Virginia include Patrick Henry, Sam Houston and Robert E. Lee.

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  • Virginia is bordered by Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and east; by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; by North Carolina and Tennessee to the south; by Kentucky to the west; and by West Virginia to the north and west.
  • The state is divided into five geological regions from east to west: The Tidewater (a coastal plain), Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridge & Valley, and the Cumberland Plateau.
  • Roughly 65 percent of the state of Virginia is covered in forests.
  • The largest cities in Virginia are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Arlington, Newport News, Hampton, Alexandria, Portsmouth and Roanoke, in that order. 
  • Strange-but-popular Virginia events and tourist attractions include the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, and the Annual Assateague-to-Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim. 


  • George Washington was born in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He died in 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
  • He was the first U.S. President, and was affiliated with the Federalist Party.
  • Before the advent of his political career, George Washington worked as a farmer and a surveyor.
  • He was married at the age of 27, became President at the age of 57 and died at the age of 67.
  • George Washington owned slaves.
  • His likeness is carved on Mount Rushmore.

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