George Washington's Life Essay

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George Washington's Life


George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

George Washington inherited much more than a good mind and a strong body. He belonged to
an old colonial family that believed in hard work, public service and in worshiping God.


Washington's father, Augustine Washington was born in 1694 and died in 1743. He had four
children with his first wife, Jane Butler Washington. She died in 1729. In March 1731,
Augustine married Mary Ball. She was George's mother. Mary was born in 1709 and died in
1789.


Some people think of George Washington as a young boy who chopped down a cherry tree. Some
also think he could throw coins across the Rappahannock River. Many people laugh when they
think of his false teeth. Almost everybody believes that he was the first president of our
country. Only one of these facts are true. Washington did have false teeth. His false
teeth were made of whale bone and deer antlers. He never chopped down a cherry tree, and
unless his pitching arm was better than that of any professional baseball player, he could
have never thrown anything across the river. The most startling fact is that he wasn't
even the first president.


Our first president was John Hanson. He was elected president of the thirteen states in
the Confederation. After Hanson, there were more before Washington. There was Elias
Boudinot, Thomas Mifflin, Richard Henery and Cyrus Griffin.


At the age of 17, Washington began traveling across rivers, mountains and Indian trails to
remote parts of Virginia. He learned to survive in the wilderness. When Washington was 20,
his brother Lawrence died and Washington became the owner of Mount Vernon. At the age of
21, he fought heroically in the French and Indian War which raged in Canada. He began his
military career in late 1752 as an adjutant for the Virginia Military. After that he
became a British officer in the French Indian War. In 1775, he was almost killed while
serving as an aide to General Edward Braddock. Three years later, Washington was elected
to the Virginia House of Burgeses. He then served as Justice of the Peace for Fairfay
County. He resigned from the military with the rank of Colonel.


As a young man, Washington was a romantic. He fell in love many times. He was rejected
twice before he met the woman he finally married. He married Martha Curtis in 1759. She
was a wealthy widow with two children. The Father of our Country had no children of his
own, but he loved Martha's children.
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