George Washington and the American Revolution

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George Washington was the commanding general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. After the successful revolution to gain its freedom from Britain, George Washington would become the first President of the United States. He would serve in that capacity from 1789 to 1797. Washington’s Early Life George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. It was not until I started doing the research for this paper that I found there is actually very little known about Washington’s childhood. Due to that fact biographers had to fill in the gaps that existed. Among the fables my favorites are Washington skipped a silver dollar across the Potomac River, and after chopping down his father's prize cherry tree, he openly confessed to his misdeed after all he shall not tell a lie (Washington, 2013). From some of the writings from that era, it is known that Washington was home schooled. Later on he studied under a schoolmaster in math, geography, Latin and the English Literature. However it was the knowledge he obtained from backwoodsman, and the plantation foreman made him a master at growing tobacco, stock raising and surveying land by the time he was a teenager (Washington, 2013). Military Career George Washington’s military career began on October 31, 1753. The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Robert Dinwiddie sent Washington to Fort LeBoeuf, to tell the French to remove themselves from land claimed by Britain. The French politely refused and Washington made a hasty ride back to Williamsburg, Virginia the Capitol of the Virginia Colony. Dinwiddie sent Washington back with troops and they set up a post at Great Meadows. Washington's small force attacked a French post a... ... middle of paper ... ... favor by getting the French involved in the war. Ben Franklin used his brilliance and charm to get others to do his bidding. These men were giants of their day, and forever will be legends. References: Washington Dec 2013. . UShistory.org Web. 15 Dec 2013. . Becker, Carl Lotus. N.p.. Web. 15 Dec 2013. . Boze, J.. Web. 15 Dec 2013. http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/marquis-de-lafayette Garfinkle, Susan. "Autobiography: Benjamin Franklin." http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/franklin/autobiography.html. Klos, S. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.marquisdelafayette.net/ Washington Dec 2013. .
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