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George WashingtonGeorge Washington

George Washington lived an exciting life in exciting times. As a boy, he explored the wilderness. When he grew older, he helped the British fight the French and Indians. As a general, he suffered hardships with his troops in the cold winters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and Morristown, New Jersey. He lost many battles, but led the American army to final victory at Yorktown, Virginia. After he became President, he successfully solved many problems in turning the plans of the Constitution into a working government.

Washington was an imposing man in his day, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. Chronic problems with his teeth left him with stern-looking mouth that rarely smiled. He set his own strict rules of conduct, but also enjoyed having a good time. He laughed at jokes, though he seldom told any.

Chronology of His Life and Career
February 22, 1732 birth record Born on Pope's Creek Farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
ca. 1735 Mount Vernon Moved with his family to what is now Mount Vernon.
1738   Moved with his family to Ferry Farm.
1748   Helped survey lands in western Virginia owned by Lord Fairfax.
July 20, 1749   Became official surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia.
1751   Went to Barbados Island, British West Indies.
November 6, 1752   Commissioned a Major and put in charge of training militia in southern Virginia.
December 1753   Carried British ultimatum to French in the Ohio River Valley.
March 15, 1754   Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.
June 5, 1754   Promoted to Colonel.
July 3-4, 1754 French and Indian War Surrendered Fort Necessity in the French and Indian War.
July 9, 1755 Battle of the Monongahela With General Edward Braddock when ambushed by French and Indians at the Battle of the Monongahela.
August 14, 1755   Appointed Colonel of the Virginia and Commander-in-Chief of the Virginia forces protecting the frontier.
July 24, 1758   Elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses from Frederick County.
December 1758   Resigned his commission as Colonel and Commander-in-Chief.
January 6, 1759 Martha Washington Married Martha Dandridge Custis.
1759-1774   Served in the Virginia Legislature.
1761   Inherited Mount Vernon.
1774   Elected delegate to the First Continental Congress.
1775   Elected delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
June 15, 1775 Commander in Chief of the Continental Army Elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
October 19, 1781 Siege and Battle of Yorktown Led his army to victory at Yorktown.
May 25, 1787   Elected President of the Constitutional Convention.
February 4, 1789 President George Washington's Administration Elected President of the United States.
December 5, 1792   Re-elected President of the United States.
September 19, 1796   Published his Farewell Address.
July 4, 1798   Commissioned Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the United States Army.
December 14, 1799   Died at Mount Vernon.

SEE ALSO
Valley Forge
Yorktown
Mount Vernon
French and Indian War
Battle of the Monongahela
Martha Dandridge Custis
Commander in Chief
Siege and Battle of Yorktown
Constitutional Convention

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