George Washington served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1717. Each year, we honor his birthday (Feb.22), which will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 23.

Washington sought to establish a great nation capable of surviving in a world torn apart by war between Great Britain and France. During his two terms, Washington established many of the customs of the Executive Branch, including funding the national debt, implementing an effective tax system, creating a national bank and limiting presidential terms to only two.

George Washington Lapel Pins

Many of us are familiar with Washington’s portrait on Mount Rushmore (in So. Dakota) and on the U.S. $1 bill. Those images were inspired by the oil painting by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown, which is now on display at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, West Virginia. The image has past its copyright terms, and is now part of the public domain.

In honor of Washington’s birthday, we’d suggest creating a Washington lapel pin. The 1-inch round pin would be made of bronze and plated in antique copper. It would feature a 3-D image of General Washington in the center with the recessed background filled with navy enamel.

Around the outside edge, there would be the text: George Washington, 1st U.S. President. The text would also be color filled with navy enamel.

Since you’ll receive price breaks on 100 lapel pins, you can sell them for $5 each to benefit your favorite charity or political organization.