George Washington was born in 1732 and began his surveying career at 17. He fought for the British in the French and Indian War, first held elected office in 1758, and commanded the Continental Army against the British from 1775 to 1783. He was president from 1789 to 1797.
Washington was born and raised in Virginia. His father died when he was 11 years old. Washington did not attend school after about age 15. His work as a surveyor of Virginia land brought financial success. While serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses, he married widowed mother of two Martha Dandridge Custis and farmed his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. His leadership of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War led to victories at Valley Forge and Yorktown and ultimately the end of the war. Before his unanimous election as U.S. president, he led the 1787 Constitutional Convention.