George Washington

Early Life

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Virginia.

His father was Augustine Washington and his mother was Mary Ball. but, after his father's death in 1743, George Washington lived with the Fairfaxes along with his mother. Washington was introduced to the life of the high England society. But unlike most people, he did not get an educational or attend an University.

Getting Involved

When Washington took command of the army on July 3, 1775, he found nothin better than a small militia. To make matters worse, their terms expires at the end of that year or sooner.

His election to command the armies was because of an agreement between the northern and southern factions which existed in Congress

Choices and Results


with a small army, Washington had army successful sieges and eventually won the war. Some of those sieges were when they crossed Delaware on Christmas in the middle of the night, which lead to the defeat of the redcoats, and the well known

Yorktown campaign in 1781, which ended the war.

In His Words

"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."


After the Constitution was ratified, Washington was the unquestioned choice for president. He took office on April 30, 1789. He was re-elected in 1792, but in 1796, he refused to serve for a third term.

But during his times of service, Washington helped translate the new constitution into a workable tool for government.

Words for Him

"I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power," and "y

ou think of George Washington, this man who was larger than life, and in some ways he was. But at the same time, he's just a person," are quotes for Washingotn.


The most important change in government during Washington's years was probably the ratification of the first ten amendments, or the Bill of Rights.

The ratification of the amendments in 1791 helped make solid support for the federal government by guaranteeing important civil liberties to citizens.

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Annotated Bibliography

  1. "George Washington." Presidential Administration Profiles for Students. Ed. Kelle S. Sisung and Gerda-Ann Raffaelle. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Research in Context. Web. 4 May 2016. It tells us when Washington was born, who were his parents, and where he was born. This also tells us what George Washington went through.

  2. "George Washington." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

    This part is about what Washington was going to do and how he got into it. He's getting involved with the war.

  3. Cooke, Jacob E. "George Washington." The Presidents: A Reference History. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 4 May 2016. This part tells you Washington's choices and the results of those choices. It tells you some of the battles and the outcome of those battles.

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    . This is one of his quotes. This quote explains why he took command of the army.

  5. Selesky, Harold E. "Washington, George." Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. Ed. Harold E. Selesky. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 1228-1241. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 May 2016. This part tells us what happened after the war.

    How he became the president and what happened while he was president.

  6. "George Washington."

    Encyclopedia of World Biography

    . Detroit: Gale, 1998.

    Gale Biography In Context

    . Web. 5 May 2016.

    This part further tells us what he did while he was president. And, what he did with the constitution.

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    . This quote was said about Washington. He's praising Washington for not being corrupted with power.

  8. Read more at: This quote was also said about Washington. It was saying how good of a man Washington was.

  9. "The George Washington Administrations."

    Presidential Administration Profiles for Students

    . Ed. Kelle S. Sisung and Gerda-Ann Raffaelle. Detroit: Gale, 2002.

    U.S. History In Context

    . Web. 5 May 2016. This part also tells us what Washington did. And, how important ratifying the Bill of Rights was.

  10. Porthole Portrait of George Washington



    The Continental commander and first

    president of the United States

    in a portrait by Rembrandt Peale

    . © Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH/Bridgeman Art Library. This is a picture of Washington. It looks like him like it should.