History of George Washington

Written By : Erin Epperson

George Washington … I’m sure the first thing you think of when you hear his name is the first president of the United States, but there is much more to him than that.

Let’s start from the beginning, George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  He was the oldest out of all of his siblings and they were all members of the “middling class” in Virginia.  Washington’s earlier years consisted of him being a surveyor and fighting for his country.  He began his military career by being in the French and Indian War from 1754 through 1763.

After this, Washington helped out the Colonial forces by defeating the British during the American Revolution.  He was then named the Continental Army’s commander in chief.  This act made Washington a national hero.  Eventually in 1783 a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Great Britain.

After this, Washington gave up his position of commander in chief.  Washington returned to his original life as a gentleman farmer and a family man with his wife Martha and his two step kids.  With his leadership skills, shown from being the commander in chief, Washington was proven to be the most qualified man to become our nation’s first president.  On January 7, 1789, the first presidential election was held and Washington won.  When Washington became president, approximately 4 million people lived in the U.S. and the U.S. consisted of only 11 states.  Washington served two terms as president, then declined the offer to serve a third term.  Due to a throat infection, Washington passed away on December 14th, 1799 at the age of 67.  

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