Wednesday, February 22, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2228


Westmoreland County, Virginia (JFK+50) Two hundred eighty-five years ago today, February 22, 1732, the father of our country and future first President of the United States, George Washington*, was born here in Westmoreland County.

George's first job was as a surveyor in the Shenandoah Valley at age 17.  He served in the French and Indian War and was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses as well as the Continental Congress.  

General Washington was the unanimous choice of the congress to be commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.  After leading his nation to victory, he was elected President of the United States.  After serving two terms, he retired to Mount Vernon.

*George Washington (1732-1799) was the son of Augustine & Mary Ball Washington.  He helped manage the family home located on the Rappahannock River after his father's death when George was 11 years old.

GW's formal education ended at age 15.  He did not attend college, but became a county surveyor.  He married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759 and was a gentleman farmer from 1759 to 1775.  GW served in the Virginia Militia during the French & Indian War and the rest is history.


"Biography of George Washington," George Washington's Mount Vernon,

George Washington
Portrait by Charles Wilson Peale
Oil on Canvas
National Portrait Gallery
Photo by John White (2016)


Dorchester, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Eighty-five years ago today, February 22, 1932, the brother of future President John F. Kennedy, Edward Moore "Teddy" Kennedy was born at St. Margaret's Hospital here in Dorchester.

Rose Kennedy traveled from New York to Boston in order that her baby could be delivered by Frederick L. Good, the family obstetrician.    Teddy was the fourth son and ninth child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 

Ted was named after Joe's personal aide and close friend, Edward Moore.
Mr. Moore had been assistants to three mayors of Boston including John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, Ted's grandfather.

Senator Kennedy wrote...

"At the time of my birth...the family spent summers and early autumns in Hyannis Port, and then headed to Bronxville, New York for winters.  We lived there in winter for six years after I was born.

From my vantage point as the family did not so much live in the world as comprise (it).  We depended on one another.  We loved one another.  We were mutually loyal...with an intensity that owed more to joy than an urge to dominate."

Teddy was elected to the Senate in 1962 when his brothers were President and Attorney General of the United States.  With the deaths of both, he continued to serve, spending almost forty-seven years in the Senate where he proposed more than 300 bills that were enacted into law.

Senator Edward Moore Kennedy died at the age of 77 on August 25, 2009.  His remains are interred in the Kennedy plot at Arlington National Cemetery.


"The Kennedys:  A Chronological History, 1823-Present," by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, New York, 1986.

"True Compass:  A Memoir," by Edward M. Kennedy, Twelve, Hatchette Book Group, New York, 2009.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Massachusetts (D)
Official U.S. Senate Portrait