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George Washington papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Library of Congress.
Title: George Washington papers
Dates: 1777
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1602

Biographical/Historical Note

George Washington (1732-1799) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. In 1748, he joined a surveying expedition to West Virginia and became the county surveyor a year later. Washington accompanied his brother and mentor, Lawrence, to Barbados in 1751; Lawrence died the next year, leaving Washington to inherit the family home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia. He also inherited Lawrence's position in the Virginia militia. As a major in the militia, Washington led troops against the French in Virginia and present-day Pennsylvania regions, but was not successful in his campaigns. He continued to fight throughout the French and Indian War, and his bravery won him command of the entire Virginia militia. In 1759, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis. He spent 1759-1775 as a farmer at Mount Vernon. In addition to his private endeavors, he served in the House of Burgesses, first being elected in 1758. In 1774, Washington was chosen as one of seven Virginia representatives to the Continental Congress. One year later, Congress commissioned him as commander of the Continental Army. Washington led the army to victory over the British during the Revolutionary War. After the war, he resigned and returned to Mount Vernon. Washington also acted as president of the Potomac Company in Virginia. He returned to Philadelphia in 1787 and presided over the Constitutional Convention. After the approval of the Constitution, Washington was unanimously elected President of the United States. He served two terms, 1789-1797, before naming John Adams as his successor and returning to Mount Vernon. He served his final public position in 1798 as the commanding general of a provisional army to be raised against a French invasion. Washington died on December 14, 1799.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilmed copy of volume 45 of the Papers of George Washington in the Library of Congress. The materials contain papers pertaining to Georgia, April 13-24, 1777, including letters concerning Lachlan McIntosh.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Letters (correspondence)
McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806.
Washington, George , 1732-1799.

Location of Originals

Originals in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], George Washington papers, MS 1602, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-1602-01. George Washington papers, 1777