George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was also called the "father of his country" during his lifetime. But that’s not all. Apparently, Washington was also the richest president in the US history. His estimated net worth was of $525 million in today’s dollars. According to 24/7 Wall Street his salary was 2% of the total US budget in 1789 and he owned over 50,000 acres of land. Here is what it was like to be George Washington.
In the end of the 19th century due to major waves of immigration, lower Manhattan was densely packed with slums. there were too many people and not enough place for everyone. Landlords bought up buildings and divided them into small parts for people to live in. But very often they were overcrowded and living conditions in these dingy, dark and unventilated rooms were really bad.This is the story of New York slums documented by a police reporter Jacob A. Riis who wanted to expose abject poverty of those people. This photo-essay is called "How the Other Half Lives."