George Washington

Founding Father and U.S. President

George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. 1 2 3


George Washington woke up early in the morning at 4 am. Washington would then have a light meal of cornmeal cakes with several cups of tea before taking a horseback ride around his large 8,000-acre estate. By 7 am, he would return to his home to have breakfast with his family and any guests as well as reading the day’s newspapers. After breakfast, Washington headed to the office with his aides-de-camp.


Lunchtime begun at 3 pm and typically lasted 2-3 hours. Aides-de-camp were required to attend the lunch while officers, continental congress, and other government officials may have been frequently invited. With all important functionaries in the same location, lunchtime was the ideal opportunity the discuss business and socialize. The late afternoon usually concluded with writing and dealing with his correspondence.


In the evening, around 19:30, Washington may take a light supper with his aides before relaxing with a glass of claret or Madeira wine and snacks.


George Washington would retire to his bedroom by 21:00 to read and write as he did not wish to waste valuable time with idle chatter.