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People of the Past

Alexandria has a storied past featuring amazing men and women. These sons and daughters of Alexandria have left their mark on the city's history as well as the identity of the United States of America.

George Washington, the first elected president of the United States of America, called the Alexandria area home. The quiet farmer and Revolutionary War general worshipped at Christ Church and gathered with friends at Gadsby's Tavern.

Civil War general Robert E. Lee moved to Alexandria with his family when he was only 4 years old. As a young man, Lee dreamed of becoming a doctor. Instead, he became one of the most famous figures in the American Civil War.

The Edmonson sisters became figures of the anti-slavery movement after they tried to escape Alexandria and were caught. Their story sparked a national controversy as activists struggled to free them.

The founder of Alexandria's Apothecary Shop, Edward Stabler, was also a famous member of the anti-slavery movement. Stabler used his own money to buy slaves, then grant them freedom.

United States President Gerald R. Ford also called Alexandria home. The 38th president of the United States lived in his home in Alexandria's Clover neighborhood until shortly after being appointed to the presidency.

These famous names are just a few of the incredible men and women who have impacted Alexandria. Their lives helped shape the city you see today, with a rich history that makes Alexandria truly unique.

 

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