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George Washington
Aaron Dercks
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Professor Deering
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December 10, 2012
George Washington: An American Icon George Washington was the only United States’ president to not live in the White House. He lived in the capital which was Philadelphia and New York at the time of his Presidency. He has accomplished so much from the time he was a young boy, to a general in the army, and later becoming president of the United States. Throughout the successful career of George Washington; with the assistance of his raw determination, elegant poise and tremendous leadership ability has transformed history and developed the great nation of the United States while forever establishing himself as not only an American icon, but a world icon. February 22, 1732 in the small town of Bridges Creek (Wakefield), Virginia an American Icon, George Washington, was born. His father was a slave owning tobacco planter and also an iron minor. Their family was considered to be moderately prosperous in the colony of Virginia. However, George’s childhood was anything, but luxurious. It was filled with the stench of death and hardship. Before George was even 12 years old his father and 3 of his siblings would perish. His full sister Mildred died at the age of 2, his half-brother, Butler died as an infant and his other half-sister, Jane died at the age of 12 (Mastromarino). George was just a young boy at the time of all these deaths and had handled them as if though he was a man, but nothing could have prepared him for his father’s untimely death. George was just 11 years old when his father died at the age of 49 from an undocumented illness (Mastromarino ).The death of his father devastated young George who was now left on his own to help support his mother. He stayed in Fredericksburg with his mother on the plantation for over a year a half before leaving to Westmoreland to stay with relatives. His time in Westmoreland was short lived, for reasons unknown, as he headed to Mount Vernon to



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