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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

birth record February 22, 1732 Born on Pope's Creek Farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Mount Vernon ca. 1735 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.
French and Indian War July 3-4, 1754 Surrendered Fort Necessity in the French and Indian War.
Battle of the Monongahela July 9, 1755 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.
Martha Washington January 6, 1759 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.
Commander in Chief of the Continental Army June 15, 1775 Elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
Siege and Battle of Yorktown October 19, 1781 Led his army to victory at Yorktown.
  May 25, 1787 Elected President of the Constitutional Convention.
President George Washington's Administration February 4, 1789 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
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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