George Washington's Early Life

Zachary Montandon

Overview of George's Life

He was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His parents were Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. He lived out his life to be 67 years old and then died on December 14, 1799 and was buried at Mount Vernon.

Father Figure

When George's Dad died his brother took over the father role of George's life. His brother taught him Trigonometry and Surveying. He also cultivated a taste for ethics, novels, music, and theater. His brother was in the military which had influence with George going into the military.


Lawrence needed to find a warmer climate because his health was getting bad from old age so George and Lawrence underwent a voyage. On the way George got smallpox and they returned to Mount Vernon. Lawrence got tuberculosis and died at Mount Vernon in 1752. George then inherited Mount Vernon from his brother.

George Myth: Cherry Tree

There is a myth that George was with his father and and had received a hatchet as a gift when he was six. His father had found the tree was damaged and his father confronted George and he said " Father, I can not tell a lie; I cut the tree. It was a myth that Mason Locke Weems made up to give George an impression that he was always an honest man. #HonestMan

George Myth: Silver Dollar

The myth is that George who was a big man threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. But this is a myth. There is also a story behind this that is true. People think that what actually happened was that George threw a rock over the Rappahannock River (which is 300 feet across) instead of the Potomac River (which is a mile across). Plus when George was a young man there was no silver dollars. #StrongestMan

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

I think this is a good quote because he is saying that he owes his mom because she taught him all of the life skills that he knew. #MotherKnowsBest