George Washington

1977 13¢ Marquis de Lafayette
June 13, 1777

Lafayette Arrives in America

On June 13, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette arrived in America to offer his services in the Revolutionary War.  He would become like a son to George Washington and was soon known as “the hero of two worlds.”

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1939 3¢ Inauguration of Washington Sesquicentennial
April 30, 1789

America’s First Presidential Inauguration

On April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as America’s first president.  It was a day filled with celebration and established many traditions still in use today.

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1925 2¢ Lexington-Concord Issue: Birth of Liberty
April 19, 1775

Battles of Lexington and Concord 

The first battles of the American Revolutionary War were fought on April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord.  The American colonists’s brave stand showed the British, and the world, how dedicated they were to the cause of independence.

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1975 10¢ Haym Salomon
April 7, 1740

Birth of Haym Salomon

Haym Salomon was born on April 7, 1740, in Leszno, Poland.  Salomon raised funds and gave his own money to help the American war effort during the Revolutionary War. 

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1960 4¢ United States and Japan Treaty
February 21, 1885

Dedication of the Washington Monument

On February 21, 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated, 37 years after its cornerstone was laid.

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1991 19¢ Hot Air Balloon stamp
January 9, 1793

First Flown Letter in America

On January 9, 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard carried the first letter by hot air balloon in America.  The letter came from President George Washington, an avid balloon enthusiast.

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1953 3¢ New York City stamp
November 25, 1783

New York’s Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York City following the American Revolutionary War.  The date was celebrated for over a century as Evacuation Day, with celebrations rivaling those held on the Fourth of July. 

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1923 $2 Capitol stamp
November 17, 1800

Congress’s First Session in the U.S. Capitol

On November 17, 1800, Congress convened in the still-under-construction Capitol building in Washington, DC for the first time.  The Capitol building would undergo several expansions over the years, eventually growing to 16.5 acres.

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1861-62 90c Washington, blue
October 24, 1931

George Washington Bridge 

On October 24, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was dedicated, officially opening to traffic the next day.  One of the world’s busiest bridges, the George Washington Bridge is also the world’s only 14-lane suspension bridge. 

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