George Washingtion

First President of the United States of America.

Early Life

Born: February 22, 1732 in Bridges Creek, Virginia, United States

He was the son of a wealthy Virginia planter. George received irregular schooling from the ages of seven to fifteen. His father died when he was only eleven years old.

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Getting Involved

Washington spent his early life as a very successful planter. He was an assiduous caretaker of his own property, often experimenting with new farming techniques. Over time, Washington shifted his farm production from tobacco to wheat, which helped save him from the crippling debt that affected so many other Virginia planters. He served in a number of local offices as well as in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Choices & Results

Washington gained military experience during the French and Indian War (1754–1763). He served in a number of posts, including as British General Edward Braddock's aide-de-camp; his coolness, bravery, and resourcefulness when Braddock's force was ambushed gained him the confidence of his fellow Virginians. He was eventually appointed commander in chief of all of Virginia's troops during the conflict. After the war he resigned his commission. He retired once again to life as a planter and seemed likely to finish his life as a wealthy, respected Virginia gentleman. The looming imperial crisis would change all of that and make Washington one of the most famous figures in the Western world.
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In His Words

George Washington made the choices to join the continental army because, to prevent a rebellions or attacks from Great Britain. At the end of the war he was ashamed of officers because his attacks were very poor and he very rarely won his attacks. But one plan changed everything and he got all of the respect he could wish for.

Aftermath

After being chief commander of the U.S. Army, his experience with the Articles of Confederation he was voted in as the first president of the United States of America.

Words for Him

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of persevering peace." -George Washington.


"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience."-George Washington.

Legacy

Because of the Commander of our first army, and the first president of the United States, his choices shaped our country and made us who we are today. And after his death George became the father of our country.
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Annotated Bibiliography

1."George Washington." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because it gave an up close look of what he looked like when he was the president.


2.MAHONEY, DENNIS J. "George Washington." Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Gale, 2000.Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because I liked how it explained it so I could understand it.


3.Trees, Andrew. "George Washington." Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Ed. Paul Finkelman. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I like this source because it gave me a great idea of what George's early years were like.


4."Portrait of George Washington (1784). In this later portrait by Peale, Washington has become the..."Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. Ed. Harold E. Selesky. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because I liked the way it showed what George looked like as the general of the army.


5."George Washington in Militia (1772). In this portrait by Charles Willson Peale, the young Washington..."Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. Ed. Harold E. Selesky. Vol. 1. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I like this source because it shows George in his early years and what the style was back then.


6.Stern, Malcolm. "George Washington." Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because I like how it told me about George after the war and why he wanted to become president.


7.Gutzman, Kevin. "George Washington." Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Ed. Paul Finkelman. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because, it gave me the idea of his legacy and how he became the father of our country.


8.Selesky, Harold. "George Washington." Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. Ed. Harold E. Selesky. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because it told me how he got involved in our countries army.


9.George Washington." The Presidents: A Reference History. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I choose this source because it was very long and gave a lot of information.


10."George Washington." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016.

I like this source because it has a alot of sections to read and good to understand information.