George Washington, who lived from Feb. 22, 1732 to Dec. 14, 1799, was the first president of the United States, the leader of the Continental army and a surveyor. He was born in Westmoreland Country, Virginia and died in Mount Vernon, Virginia.Continue Reading
Washington was home-schooled until 16, at which point he went to map out the boundaries of Virginia. In 1752, he inherited his family's fortune. Though he had over 100 slaves, he was disliked the practice of slavery and often did manual labor on his land.
In 1753, Washington, a major in the Virginian militia, attacked the French and Indians. After he returned form the skirmish, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow, which made him one of the wealthiest leaders in the state. In 1758 he was elected into Virginia's House of Burgesses. He did not take a widespread leadership role against the British until the protest of the Townshend Acts of 1767.
In 1775, Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the revolutionary forces against Great Britain. When the war was over, Washington resigned his role in the army and went home to Mount Vernon. He agreed to be president in 1789 to help unite the country and was unanimously elected. Upon his death, he freed all of his slaves.Learn more about US History