George Washington was a surveyor, a farmer and a plantation owner. He was tall - he was 6'2", very athletic and very smart. He was a general during the American Revolution and commander-in-chief of the colonial army. George Washington was elected president of the United States in 1789. He was the first president elected under the Constitution. George Washington was a very popular president, general, commander, and leader. We have named streets, cities, counties, buildings, and even a state after him. There are facts, stories, tall tales, and even a couple of legends about him. Yet he was a real person and you can find his story (and a couple of tall tales about him) in the links below.