George Washington

 

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George Washington

 

 

 

Feb 22, 1732 – Dec 14, 1799

Surveyor, Planter, Military Leader, Chairman of the Constitutional Convention, 1st U.S. President

English, American

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”

Despite Washington’s military accomplishments and service, he was still out-ranked by later four- and five-star generals until1976 when he was promoted the top-ranked military officer of the United States.

Washington started his military career as an officer in the Virginia militia at age 19. At 21, he inadvertently set the stage for the French and Indian War by suggesting the British build a fort on the Ohio River. The first battles of the French and Indian War were fought at this fort against Washington and his men. In one battle against the French, George had two horses shot out from underneath him, and four bullets ripped through his shirt. He escaped unharmed and with a reputation for bravery and courage under fire. After the war, he married a widow and adopted her two children. George Washington played three crucial roles in the creation and establishment of the United States of America: he led the American Army during the long and difficult Revolutionary War against the British; he presided over the Constitutional Convention during which the Constitution was written and adopted; and he served as the first President of the United States and helped determine the direction the Presidency would take. Washington served during very tumultuous and uncertain times for America, and his presence, along with the respect and esteem his fellow soldiers and citizens had for him, helped the former colonists achieve liberty. Washington never aspired to leadership, but he felt a strong sense of duty and a desire for freedom. After serving two terms as President, he retired to his beloved Mt. Vernon plantation, where he stopped three years later. In his will, he stipulated his slaves be set free upon his wife’s stoppage.