— Charles Willson Peale painted the earliest known portrait of Washington in 1772.
— One of Washington's most interesting innovations was a nearly round, 16-sided barn for thrashing wheat.
— He established a spy ring in 1780 to reveal that Major General Benedict Arnold was a traitor.
— Washington died on December 14, 1799 of a throat infection and was mourned by the nation for months.
— At his death, Washington owned more than 300 slaves. They were emancipated in his will and some were paid pensions for decades.