Alone among the founders of the United States George Washington earned the title "Father of his Country" in recognition of his leadership in the cause of American independence. Appointed commander of the Continental Army in 1775, he molded a fighting force that won independence from Great Britain. In 1787 as president of the Constitutional Convention, he helped guide the deliberations to form a government that has lasted for more than 200 years. Two years later he was unanimously elected the first president of the United States.
Objects related to the construction of the monument; objects related to the Washington Monument Society's and the Army Corps of Engineer's involvement in the planning, design, and construction of the monument; objects related to the Architect Robert Mills's involvement in the design and construction of the monument; objects related to individuals who participated in the construction; objects related to the design, production, and installation of the 195 memorial stones that are set in the interior walls of the monument.
(National Mall and Memorial Parks)