George Washington

By: Shane Dexter


George Washington is a very interesting figure in American history. He had an amazing early life in Virginia. When he got older, he went to fight in the Revolution. After the war, George became our nation's first president. George Washington is an amazing figure in American history.

Early Life

It was a glorious morning in late February when the legacy of an amazing man began. George Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732. He was born in Westmoreland, Virginia. He was the son of Mary Ball Washington and Augustine Washington. He had a half-brother named Lawrence. He also had a best friend named Geoge William Fairfax. When he became 21, something would happen that would change his life forever.

War Years

At 21, Geoge Washington was in for the war that would change America forever. At only 21, George Washington is appointed the leader of the Continental Army. Soon after that, George and his army were driven out of New York and New Jersey. George Washington does redeem himself, though. On Christmas, he attacks the Hessians and defeats them. Nobody had ever attacked during winter, at night, and on Christmas before. Washington and his army defeat the sleepy and drunk Hessians in under an hour. The Continental Army suffer quite the blow later on at Valley Forge. Many soldiers die of smallpox and dysentery there. Despite it all, Washington stays by his men. After a harsh winter at Valley Forge, Washington moves on with his remaining men to Yorktown. There, at the last major battle of the Revolutionary War, Washington defeats British General Cornwallis in six days. Concluding another war with victory, Washington retires and leads a quiet life.

After the War

Not too soon after retiring from war, our nation's hero does something that nobody thought would be so nation-changing. On April 30th, 1789, Washington becomes America's first president. After two terms of presidency, Washington retires in March, 1797. After he retired, he went to work on his plantation. Finally, on a cold December 14th, in 1799, George Washington utters his last words,"'tis well," and breathes his last breath. After the war, Washington's life became calm and even more interesting up until his death.


George Washington's life was very important. His early life influenced the rest of his life. If he hadn't been in the Revolution, he wouldn't have been our first president. After the war, his life was calm and serene. He was 'First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.'


  • Hessian - n. A German mercenary serving the British forces during the American Revolution broadly: a mercenary soldier
  • Term - n. The length of time during which a person has an official or political office

  • Plantation - n. A large area of land especially in a hot part of the world where crops (such as cotton) are grown


Book Sources

  • George Washington A Photographic Story of a Life By Lenny Hort
  • Washington at Valley Forge By Russel Freedman
  • Webster's American Biographies Edited By Charles Doren

Online Sources

  • Article By Hegligan