Who Was George Washington? by Roberta EdwardsIn 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washingtons fascinating story comes to life - revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!
Key Facts You NEED to Know About the American Revolution!
On June 14, , the Second Continental Congress, responding to the growing crisis near Boston, directed that one of its own constituents — George Washington — take command of the newly designated Continental Army. Not only did Washington have the most military experience amongst the Congressional delegates, but as John Adams pointed out there were also great political advantages in having a someone outside of New England take command of a military force that was congregated around Boston and largely made up of New Englanders. What Washington did not realize at the time was that it would be six long years of battle, marching, siege, crises, and winter encampments before Washington had an opportunity to return to his beloved Mount Vernon. In September , as the combined American and French forces made their way down to Yorktown , Virginia, Washington was able to make a brief visit to his home along the Potomac River. George Washington was but one of only a handful of candidates considered by the Second Continental Congress who possessed any significant military experience.
Thursday, September 26th: Due to a private event, the Tea Room will close at pm today. View All Announcements. A revered soldier and political leader, George Washington was the Father of our country and has always been one of the most iconic figures in American history. The colonies later adopted the current, new style Gregorian calendar that we still use today. The switch resulted in dates being moved back 11 days. Washington preferred the original , and his birthday is still celebrated on that date.
George Washington is arguably the most important figure in American history. Afterward, he gave back the power of the army to Congress and retired. He was then elected President of the United States in and served two terms in which he once again retired, this time for good. American's loved him and leaders throughout the world were in awe of him. While Washington's legacy is still remembered by many, most don't know who he is.
Washington had learned many important command principles from the British regular officers that he marched with during the French & Indian War and British.
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George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and served two terms as the first U. The son of a prosperous planter, Washington was raised in colonial Virginia. As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then fought in the French and Indian War During the American Revolution, he led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. In , he was elected president of the convention that wrote the U. Realizing that the way he handled the job would impact how future presidents approached the position, he handed down a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose.