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George Washington sat in this easy chair not long before he died.

George Washington set the pattern for many presidents when he chose a quiet retirement at his beloved Mount Vernon. There he spent time with his family, tending to much-needed repairs on the property and receiving visitors from around the world. While always a gracious host, Washington at times felt overwhelmed by the constant stream of often-uninvited visitors.

George Washington's telescope allowed him to observe boats traveling on the Potomac River near his Mount Vernon, Va. home.