George Washington

1875 10¢ Washington imperforate
January 8, 1790

Washington Delivers First State of the Union Address 

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered the very first State of the Union address at Federal Hall in New York City. It started a long tradition that continues to this day.

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1908 1¢ Franklin, green, double line watermark
December 29, 1908

First Nationwide Coil Stamp Issued

On December 29, 1908, the US Post Office Department issued its first coil stamps on a national scale. These stamps ushered in a new era in both mail delivery and philately.

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1976 Washington Crosses the Delaware S/S
December 25, 1776

Washington Crosses the Delaware

On the night of December 25, 1776, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River in a surprise attack on the British. Their victory at Trenton was a significant morale booster – encouraging troops to reenlist and convincing new recruits to join the fight.

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1875 10¢ Washington imperforate
December 14, 1799

Death of George Washington

America’s first president, George Washington, died on December 14, 1799. He served his country for 45 of his 67 years, and is remembered as the Father of our Country, hero of the American Revolution, and first president of the United States. Today, we’ll look back on some interesting facts from his life…

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1982 20¢ Touro Synagogue
December 2, 1763

Dedication of Touro Synagogue

On December 2, 1763, the Touro Synagogue was officially dedicated after four years of construction. Today, it’s the oldest standing synagogue in the US.

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1958 4¢ Fort Duquesne
November 25, 1758

Capture of Fort Duquesne

On November 25, 1758, British and Colonial American forces successfully took over Fort Duquesne from the French.  This came near the end of several years of fighting in the French and Indian Wars.

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1967 5¢ George Washington, redrawn
November 17, 1967

Redrawn Washington

Following heavy criticism, the US Post Office issued a new “clean shaven” George Washington stamp on November 17, 1967. The stamp replaced a Prominent Americans stamp issued in 1966.

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1903 2¢ Washington, carmine
November 12, 1903

Washington Flag and Shield Stamps

On November 12, 1903, the 2¢ Washington stamp was issued with a new design after the earlier stamp was deemed disappointing.

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1926 2¢ Battle of White Plains
October 28, 1776

Battle of White Plains 

On October 28, 1776, George Washington led the 14,000–man Continental Army in the Battle of White Plains against British General William Howe’s 20,000 redcoats.

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