by: Bethany L.
Hello! Welcome back to another wonderful month in history! This month I am going to talk about George Washington. Most people know this great man as the first President of the United States, but in truth, he was so much more! From fighting for England in the French and Indian war to leading his American Troops to Victory in the Revolutionary war!
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County Virginia. He was the oldest of Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. George Washington did not have a grand education, although he did learn mathematics, trigonometry, and land survey which means he learned how to take care of land. When Washington was 21 years old, he was sent to the Ohio Valley to confront the growing French presence in what was then the New England Colonies. The actions he made helped begin the French and Indian War. In the French and Indian War, Washington was the Lieutenant Colonel (second-in-command) of the Virginian men. Twelve years after the French and Indian War ended in 1763, the Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775. And, as you may know, George Washington was chosen to lead the Continental Army because of his outstanding work during the French and Indian war! George Washington led his army through many wins and losses. The Siege of Yorktown was the last battle of the Revolutionary War. The Continental and French Army (Ally) trapped the Major British Army in a peninsula which forced them to surrender. Here comes the part you most likely already know! On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn into office as the first President of the United States of America! He served two terms from 1789 to 1797. Sadly, two years after George Washington left office on December 14, 1799 he died at his home in Virginia surrounded by his family and good friends. He was 67 years old. (Fun Fact: The Liberty Bell cracked on George Washington’s birthday in 1846!)