"His mind was great and powerful, without being of the very first order; his penetration strong . . . Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but, when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed." (Thomas Jefferson, as cited in "George Washington," 2006, para.19) George Washington is one of the most recognized and famous leaders in all history of the United States of America. He contributed greatly to the establishment of this prosperous country, from leading the Revolutionary armies into battle, to running the country as the first president, Washington has set precedence and example for all who have and are yet to follow. He was a noble man who demonstrated characteristics one would expect from a hero figure. He was not power-hungry, but did things and played his role for the good of the country, for patriotic purposes, to help America become the success it is today. In March of 1783, the soldiers of the American military were restless, bored and in a terrible state of doubt and distrust concerning the newly formed congress of the country. When these soldiers joined the army, they were promised a certain amount of money according to their service, but by the war's end, congress was nearly broke and not in a position to pay them all they had earned. The soldiers planned a rebellion against congress for their unjust treatment, and attempted to hold an unauthorized meeting of the officers on the matter. Washington forbade the meeting, but called for one a few days later, in which he gave his speech concerning the Newburgh Conspiracy ("The Rise and Fall," 2006, para.2). General Washington was a highly respected man among his peers, soldiers, and fellow men. His opinions, approval, and presence alone were enough to validate many plans, documents, and meetings throughout his life, so it is no wonder that even simple words or acts performed by General Washington were respected, and more often than not, taken to heart by his audience; perhaps this is why it may seem surprising that one of the most important speeches he ever gave fell on relatively deaf ears, leaving the audience hesitant, confused, seemingly unaffected by his powerful use of diction, and emotional appeal.
At the age of 17, Washington began traveling across rivers, mountains and Indian trails to remote parts of Virginia. He learned to survive in the wilderness. When Washington was 20, his brother Lawrence died and Washington became the owner of Mount Vernon. At the age of 21, he fought heroically in the French and Indian War which raged in Canada. He began his military career in late 1752 as an adjutant for the Virginia Military. After that he became a British officer in the French Indian War. In 1775, he was almost killed while serving as an aide to General Edward Braddock. Three years later, Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgeses. He then served as Justice of the Peace for Fairfay County. He resigned from the military with the rank of Colonel.
George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731][b][c] – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".
Washington first got military experience when his brother Lawrence passed away. He became a district adjutant, or a military officer who is an assistant to a senior officer, and that also meant that he would train the soldiers of the local militia. When the French and Indian War began in 1754, Washington served under General Braddock. This was where his courage shone through, and he was named commander in chief of the Virginia militia. Washington had his work cut out for him, because the militia was made up of common folk who for the most part, barely even knew how to load a musket. Luckily, Washington was not training them how to line up like how the British did. Although he did not favor this tactic, he used a new type of approach to the war which was “ungentlemanly” in the eyes of the British. This method called guerilla warfare is similar to how wars are fought today. The British wanted the war to be fought like “gentlemen”, but what’s so polite about killing another human being?
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.” - (George Washington.) Washington commanded the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and was the first President of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. Washington played a leading military and political role in the American Revolution. He was very quick on his feet and had many tricks up his sleeve to lead the colonies to victory. On Christmas Eve, 1776, Washington had a great battle of Trenton, NJ, and days later on January 2nd, he tricked General Cornwallis's to think they were still at their camp, with all the fired burning. But instead, Washington's troops fled the camp and defeated Cornwallis.These battles were just 2 of many in the war that Washington was the leader of. George Washington also took advantage of fighting on lands that he is familiar with. In such battled that took place in a forest, Washington commanded his army to cut down trees and create roadblocks for the British, slowing them down tremendously. It was clear to all the electoral voters that George Washington was nothing less that a great leader. After America's great victory for independence, all 69 voted cast their votes for George Washington to become the first President of the United States. Washington was a very humble man, and at first didn't want the job. But he still had that fire to help his country succeed, so he gratefully accepted
George Washington and the Revolution
George Washington was a part of God's plan for a new country. What he did influenced what America has become. He laid the foundation for presidents to come, and built this country on solid Christian principles.
George Washington was born February 22, 1732. His family lived on a few farms on the Potomac River.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. He received his primary education at a nearby churchyard school, and then was sent to boarding school. In his early teens his education came to an end. When he was 16 he got his first job surveying the lands of Shenandoah Valley. He was able to earn money to buy his own land. By the age of 21, he owned more than 1500 acres of land. In 1752 Washington’s older brother Lawrence died, passing down his Mount Vernon estate to George. In 1754, he served as a colonist in the French and Indian War. In 1775, Washington became military advisor for New York. By 1781, Washington forced Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. The war was won (Toward Fact: A Biography). George Washington’s s struggles and accomplishes gave him the military power to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown by forcing him to surrender, blocking Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land and having a strong army.
On July 3rd, 1775, Washington took control of the Continental Army. He accepted the position without pay and left for Boston. The troops were under trained and supplies were limited. As a leader, Washington was fearless and never acted until he considered any and every outcome and would push through if conflicts did emerse. The army had won few battles but stood strong and endured the war. Finally, with the help of the French, Washington and his troops managed to capture the British during the Battle of Yorktown. Thus, the eight year Revolutionary war was at an end on October 17th,
George Washington was the first child born to his parents, who were slightly wealthy land owners in Virginia. (George Washington Biography) However, he was a brother to eight full and half brothers and sisters. (Revolutionary War) In his adolescent years, Washington became proficient in farm work and surveying, preferring these to schooling. While in his twenties and upon the death of his half-brother, George became the owner of his family’s lands, but was soon called to serve in the Virginia militia.
The plans for Yorktown actually started up in May of 1781 when General Washington joined up with French General Rochambeau. The American forces at this time were stationed in the area of New York City closely watching British General Clinton’s forces. Washington knew that General Cornwallis who had been dominating in the south would soon be moving northward to rendezvous with Clinton’s and General Nathaniel Green’s forces. He also knew that if this happened it would be near impossible of defeating the British. As Cornwallis continued his northern track he ran into trouble at the Battle of Cowpens. In fact he lost much of his light infantry and cavalry in the Carolinas. He did score a victory at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, but this would prove to not help him much as he took severe losses and consumed a lot of time.