George Washington

Get ready for the amazing and bumpy ride of George's Life!

Backstory

George Washington was born on February 22 1732, Westmoreland County, Virginia, VA. He died on December 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, VA. The reason of his death has been debated since the day he died. His symptoms had been consistent (Consistent means continuing and not stopping) with "cynanche trachealis", a word of that time period used to describe harsh inflammation of the structures of the upper airway. What had killed his father ,ironically, is what killed himself almost seven decades later.

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Childhood

Not much is known about his childhood, and it is still the most confusing part of his life. He moved up the Potomac River to another home, The Little Hunting Creek Plantation. In 1738 he had moved again to Ferry Farm, a plantation on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia, where George Washington had spent a lot of his childhood. Some fables (Fables are short stories that are making a point, like The boy who cried wolf, but are not true.) are more realistic than others. The story of George Washington and the cherry tree, for example, is just a fable.

Adulthood

When George Washington was 11 years old, his father passed away and he left most of his property to George's older half brothers. But even though George was shy and didn’t have a great education, he was a large, strong, and handsome child. His half brother Lawrence always looked out for him. His brother taught him things and that really opened up his future!

Lawrence introduced him to Lord Fairfax, he was head of one of the most powerful families in Virginia. Other than George's not so great education, he had three great strengths, his mother's ambitious drive, a shy charm, and a gift in math. Lord Fairfax noticed all three traits and invited George to join a team of people examining Fairfax lands in the Shenandoah Valley, which was region of the Virginia colony. It was his first real trip away from home! He definitely proved he was worthy.

Surveying (a.k.a Examining) offered George pretty good money, travel opportunities, and time away from his strict and demanding mother. And by the time he was seventeen, he went into the surveying business on his own.


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Presidency

Mr.George Washington’s presidency lasted April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797.

And he was the first president, John Adams was elected Vice President. His leadership guaranteed the United States would be a powerful and independent nation, and set the standard for future presidents. Although George Washington never wanted to be president he did accept the position. He had always wanted to be a small town farmer and after the war and right before he died, his wish came true.


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After All...

George Washington was just a human being, with human flaws, hopes, and dreams. He became a great person who changed the course of history. It is more impressive considering how many bumps in the road, both physical and emotional, that he had to overcome. Without George Washington, the United States as we know it definitely would not be here. It is also very likely that the government would still be considered an unrealistic idea too. So in conclusion this is my report on George Washington, and you know, he was a really interesting man!