George Washington was a great leader. He was also a great soldier. He was born on February 22, 1732. He was born in the british colony of Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII. He was a great kid altogether. He helped around the house, did laundry, and helped with other things. Although, he did confess to chopping down his father?› prized cherry tree. His father passed on 1743. He was eleven years old when this happened. When his father died, he inhabited a Ferry Farm and ten slaves. By the time he turned fifteen years old, he had finished his formal schooling. He was a really smart kid, especially when it came to math. Even though he was really good at math, he instead took a different road and became a successful surveyor.
By his early teens, he had mastered growing tobacco, stock raising, and surveying. In 1751 he made his one and only trip to America at the age of eighteen. Shortly after he arrived at his destination, he got a disease called smallpox. Smallpox is a disease that was pretty common back then. He survived the disease and later in December of 1752 became a commander. Seven years later, when he was twenty six, in 1759, he resigned his commission. Then he served the Virginia House of Burgesses until 1774. In January 1779, he married a nice, young woman named Martha Dandridge Custis. She was born in 1731 in New Kent County, Virginia. She is the oldest of her nine siblings. Two of her kids out of the four she had, died young she died at the age of seventy one in 1802. Washington died at the age of sixty seven in 1799. Washington had three step children and four step grandchildren. The children's names were John Parke Custis, Martha Parke Custis. His grand children's names were: Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, Martha Parke Custis Peter, Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, and George Washington Parke Custis.
In the early 1750's, when Washington was 20 years old, Virginia's Governor, Robert Dinwiddie, appointed Washington with a rank of major in the Virginia militia.
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