George Washington Biography

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Period 5
Constitutional Law
George Washington Biography
George Washington is a very well known American historical figure. He was, among other things, most notable for leading the troops American troops during the Revolution, becoming the First President of the United States, and signing the Constitution of the United States. George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Augustine and Mary. From age seven to fifteen, Washington was homeschooled in the areas of math, geography, Latin, and English. When he was sixteen, George was appointed the official surveyor of Culpeper County. Washington spent two years actively surveying the land around Culpeper County, in which he became very interested in the western lands and purchasing them to be colonized. At age twenty, when his brother, Lawrence and his niece died in 1752, George became the head of one of the largest estates in Virginia, Mount Vernon. After Washington had shown a good amount of leadership from taking over Mount Vernon, Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddie appointed him rank of major in the Virginia militia.

Newly appointed Major Washington was sent out by Lieutenant Colonel to Fort LeBoeuf to warn the French to back out of already-claimed British territory. When the French refused, Washington was ordered to attack, which began the French and Indian War. He was later given the honorary rank of colonel and joined General Braddock’s army in 1755. During one of the attacks on the French, General Braddock was mortally wounded, and as the story goes, Washington escaped with four bullet holes in his coat and two horses shot out from under him. After Washington and his men retreated, later that year, he was made Commander of all Virginian troops. Washington later retired from the army in 1758. A month out of the army, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow only a few months his senior. Martha brought along riches in land, money, and children. She...
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