George was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. Growing up he worked on his father’s farm which taught him responsibility at a young age. He was no good at spelling but he was very good at math. At age 11, his father died a sudden death and George took over his father’s farm. George was a fair, kind, and responsible man. The most important thing he did was fight for the country of America.
In 1749, at the age of 17, George became surveyor (a person who investigates or examines something, especially boats of seaworthiness) of Culpepper County, Virginia. He was very good at doing this job. Being good in math helped him succeed doing this type of work. With the money he made George bought land for himself.
In 1775, George was made Commander of the Virginia Militia (a volunteer army).
Earlier that year George was sent on a dangerous mission which started the French and Indian War. The English Major General Braddock led his army to fight. He was soon killed and left behind some members of his army members. George led Braddocks surviving army members back to their homes. George learned from this that a truly great leader must always learn or die.
In January 1776, America got its first flag. It had 13 red and white stripes, which stood for the thirteen colonies. On July 4, 1776 the colonies became a country when the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration stated that America was no longer a group of colonies under English rule, but one nation free to rule itself.
On April 6, 1789, George was unanimously elected to be the first president of the United States. Parades, parties, and cheering crowds of people broke out, as he traveled from Mount Vernon to New York.Everyone saluted George as president and celebrated with fireworks and bonfires. In 1792, George again was unanimously elected president. George tried to be a fair president and stated that the president of the United States should only serve the country for two terms (8 years) and someone else should take over.
George Washington accomplished so much during the course of his life up until he died on December 14, 1799. George Washington fought for the country of America and the American people. George is also the reason why the country of America has independence.
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