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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 April 1783New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 28 November 1859Tarrytown, New York, USA
Nickname "The First American Man of Letters"

Trivia (4)

Born at 8:30pm-LMT
Pictured on the 1¢ US postage stamp in the Famous American/Authors series, issued 29 January 1940.
He was named after Revolutionary War general and first President George Washington.
Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900 (inaugural election).

Personal Quotes (8)

A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
They who drink beer will think beer.
Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.
I've had it with you and your emotional constipation!
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Who ever hears of fat men heading a riot, or herding together in turbulent mobs?--No--no, 'tis your lean, hungry men who are continually worrying society, and setting the whole community by the ears.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

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