- "Our cause is the cause of all men. To be treated equally regardless of hereditary privilege. We must prove to the world you don't need a title to be a gentleman. The British may be dishonorable but I am not. By my death I will prove to the crown what it means to be an American."
- —George Washington[src]
George Washington (born February 22, 1732) was the leading general in the American Continental Army in the American Revolution. He then went on to become the first President of the United States. Rip Hunter went to 1776 before Washington crossed the Delaware and assassinated him in order to lure the Legends. He was saved by the Legends and was inspired by Mick Rory's spirit of rebellion.
Original timeline: On Christmas of 1776, Rip Hunter went into the American camp where he went into Washington's tent and then shot and killed him.
Current timeline: His death created an aberration and sent a time quake through the Temporal Zone which alerted the Legends. They went back to the night before where Washington was attending a banquet. Sara Lance found Washington and tried to convince him to go with her because he was in danger just before redcoats stormed the building with automatic rifles. She and Rory tried to take Washington away but he refused to retreat, until the two forced him. They came upon Rip and he shot Sara before the British took Washington and Rory away.
They were taken to Lieutenant General Cornwallis of the British Army where he declared that they would be hung in the morning. Washington wanted Rory to take a letter back to his wife as he would be released after his hanging but Rory refused. He told Washington that they should fight and resist to the fullest though Washington didn't think that was what a gentleman did. Rory told him that being an American meant being a misfit and rebel and to be proud of it. When Washington was to be hung, he distracted the British for Rory to grab a musket and cause a cache of gunpowder to explode. Together the two fought off the redcoats until Nate and Amaya arrived to help save them.
Washington told Rory that he was proud of his rebel spirit and that he was the definition of a proud American. He then revealed that the 'letter to his wife' had been a battle strategy that he wanted to sneak back to the army for a sneak attack which Rory chuckled at. As a result of their meeting, Washington had a statue of Rory made that was placed in D.C.
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- Historically, George Washington was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. Becoming the first President of the United States, he came to be known as the "father of the country", both during his lifetime and to this day.
- In DC Comics, fictionalized versions of George Washington have been depicted across multiple continuities.