George Washington

Father of our Country

Birth & Death Information

In 1732, February 22; George Washington was born in Westmoreland County Virginia. After many impacts on the history of America, George Washington died in 1799, December 14. He lived to be 67 years of age.His resting place-Washington Family Tomb Mount Vernom, Virginia.
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Childhood Family

Growing up Deism, it is known that from age seven to fifteen George was home schooled and studied with the local church sexton and later a schoolmaster in practical math, geography, Latin and the English classics. George had mastered growing tobacco, and surveyed land.

George Washington’s father died when he was 11. Lawrence had inherited the family's Little Hunting Creek Plantation and married Anne Fairfax, George was schooled in the finer aspects of colonial culture.

In 1748, when he was 16, George traveled with a surveying party plotting land in Virginia’s western territory. The following year, aided by Lord Fairfax, Washington getting an appointment as official surveyor of Culpeper County. The experience made him resourceful and toughened his body and mind.

In July, 1752, George Washington's brother, Lawrence, died of tuberculosis. Lawrence’s only child, Sarah, died two months later and Washington became the head of one of Virginia, Mount Vernon; he was 20 years old. Throughout his life, he would farm, one of the most honorable professions and he was most proud of Mount Vernon. He would gradually increase his land there to about 8,000 acres.

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Education

As a young boy George taught himself how to use surveying instruments, once he stopped home schooling. During his home school days as a young boy he was taught reading, writing, and accounts; by a convict servant. As a young man he was taught to write letters, wills, deeds, & legal forms, survey and to build houses. Once he started surveying around 15; he did it for people ultimately acquiring wealth. The reason why he stopped school at 15 is most likely because him mother could not afford it.
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Contributions to change

In 1775 congress ordered General George Washington to take command of the Continental Army. George Washington was there for all his troops. He was a great general and someone they could all rely on. Through the victories and losses, he pushed through and held his head high, even though his generals and even members of Congress plotted to replace him. During the encampment of valley forge, when the winter of 1777-1778 left them all freezing to death, with bleeding, bare feet and almost no clothes, George was there for his men, fighting to keep them alive. He motivated them with his words and encouraged every last one to keep going through the terrible winter. He ordered fires to be made, although the only wood around was poor for burning. What little heat they had was better than nothing at all. Although food was scarce, when they did eat George would make sure all his soldiers were fed before he would eat. Although the struggle was long and hard, he eventually emerged from it with, in the words of one witness, an army of skeletons. It was hard, but he fought back against it just as hard. When the Treaty of Paris was signed, thus ending the war, George Washington's service to our young country was not over. He was elected the first president of the United States of America. He served as an inspiration to our country for eight years after the war. Although his heart lay in his home, Mount Vernon, he diligently cared for our country throughout his presidency.
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Accomplishments

George Washington – first American president, commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and gentleman planter. Learn more about the many roles that Washington excelled in and tremendous legacy that he left for America and the World.
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Insteresting Facts

Although we might thing we know everything about Americas first president, I bet at least one of these facts will surprise you. George Washington suffered from major dental problems his whole adulthood life. He was strapped for cash during his presidency. He did not have children of his own. He did not have a middle name.
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