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George Washington as an Entrepreneur

Lawrence Washington's widow acquired Mount Vernon when George's half-brother Lawrence died. When Lawrence's widow died a few years later, Mount Vernon and a few other properties were passed to George. Later George married the Widow Custis, arguably one of the wealthiest women in Virginia after her husband Daniel died and left his properties to her. Laws in Virginia (and the other colonies) were such that the husband took control of his wife's assets upon marriage.

Washington managed his and his wife's properties in a meticulous manner, considering the best ways to maximize profits and still provide for his family members as well as the enslaved population on the farms. George, like other Virginia planters, focused on tobacco cultivation in his early years.

Increasingly Washington saw that tobacco was not necessarily the most profitable crop to grow long-term, so he began experimenting with growing grains like wheat, rye and barley.