George Washington

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George Washington

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Crossing the Delaware River

George Washington

The Early YearsGeorge Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in the Virginia colony. His father died when he was eleven and he helped his mother by working on their farm. George learned reading, writing, and arithmetic, but his schooling ended when he was only 14 years old. George also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding horses. He got a job as a surveror. His job was to measure the boundries of land and figure out how much the land was worth. In 1582, George got a job with the military. Washington served in the French and Indian War from 1754-1760. After the war, George married Martha Custis and settiled down working as a farmer at Mount Vernon for the next 16 years.

Greatest AccomplishmentWashington was elected to the legislature at Williamsburg when hostility began between the colonists and King George III. The unfair acts of King George led up to several revolts from the colonists, including the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party. In 1774, Washington gathered with 55 other representatives a the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA to discuss fair treatment from the King. At the Second Continental Congress, Washington was chosen to be the General of the Continental Army. George led thousands of men into a very difficult war against Britian. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed by the delegates of the Continental Congress, but George was preparing for a bloody battle in New York. After Washington and his men were defeated at Manhattan, he rallied his troops across the Delaware River, where he and his men demolished the Hessians and captured the town of Trenton, New Jersey. Washington's great leadership skills enabled more triumphs against the British, which gave his colonial soldiers the hope they needed during this gruesome war. After the victory at Saratoga, France joined sides with the Americans, which brought many more victories. The French fleet ships and Washington's determined soldiers forced the British to surrender at Yorktown, Virginia on October 19, 1781. Two years later the peace treaty was signed and the 20 year war against Britian was finally over.

"If I see any man turn his back today, I will shoot him through. I havetwo pistols loaded, but I will not ask any man to go farther than I do. I will fight so long as I have a leg or an arm."

Later YearsAfter the Revolutionary War ended, George was elected the first president of the United States. He served two terms in office from 1789-1797. It was a difficult job being the leader of a new nation, but George did his job well. After his second term in office was over, John Adams was elected as president and George and Martha returned to their home in Mount Vernon. They spent many enjoyable years together until Martha passed away. During his last years, he spent time with his grandson Nelly. Just before his 68th birthday, George took a ride on his horse. It was a blustery winter day. He became very sick and eventrually died on December 14, 1799. As the Father of our Country, he led an extraordinary life and helped a new country become a great nation.

Interesting Fact:George did notsign the Declarationof Independence because he was in New York fighting for America's freedom.


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