Biography and History

George Washington was the first president of the United States. Son of a Virginia planter, he spent his teenage years as a land surveyor, fought in the French and Indian War, served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, and became a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress. In May 1775, he was chosen Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, and forced the surrender of the British at Yorktown, Va., in 1781. He served two terms as president (1789-1797).

Source: From the finding aid for C0235

Biography and History

Bushrod Washington was George Washingto's nephew. He inherited Mount Vernon.

John Augustine Washington was the great-grandson of Washington's brother, John Augustine Washington.

Lawrence Washington was a great-great grandson of Washington's brother, John Augustine Washington.

Source: From the finding aid for C1264

  • Washington's Birthday Celebration Records. 1880-1932 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC200

    Princeton University has always held a special place for founding father George Washington, dating to the Battle of Princeton in 1777 when the general led continental troops in an early morning surprise attack that successfully pushed the British out of Nassau Hall. Consists of collected programs, odes, schedules, and clippings pertaining to the University's commemoration of Washington's birthday throughout its history.

  • Andre De Coppet Collection. 1566-1942 (inclusive), 1770-1865 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0063

    The Andre De Coppet Collection represents the American history-related collecting activities of American broker and collector Andre De Coppet (Princeton Class of 1915). There are numerous manuscripts, personal letters, documents, and printed material from three main periods: the Revolutionary War, the Federal Period, and the Civil War.

  • George Washington Letters. 1750-1799 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0235

    Consists of photostats of over 100 George Washington letters in the private collection of Edward Ambler Armstrong, as well as 14 original Washington letters and documents, and several supplementary items.

  • Documents Relating to the Charles Willson Peale Portrait of George Washington. 1794-1906 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0242

    Consists of reproductions of a portrait of Washington painted by Charles Willson Peale and documents relating to the possession of the original painting.

  • Benjamin Tallmadge Collection. 1756-1846 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0243

    Consists mostly of selected papers of American Revolutionary intelligence officer Benjamin Tallmadge relating to his Revolutionary War experience.

  • Howard C. Rice Papers. 1965-1975 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0519

    Consists of papers relating to the preparation of The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army, 1780-1783 (1972), which was translated and edited by Princeton's Rare Books and Special Collections librarian Howard C. Rice and Anne S. K. Brown.

  • George Washington Collection. 1750-1793 (bulk), 1750-1904 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1264

    Consists of selected correspondence and documents by and about George Washington, first president of the United States, as well as some items of members of his family.