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The Biography of George Washington


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George Washington was the first President of the United States of America. He was born on February 22nd, 1732 in Virginia. The Americans often call this man “The Father of our country”. And, indeed, he was one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. Before becoming the president George Washington was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. This prominent man was born in a wealthy family in provincial gentry. His family owned tobacco plantations and had slaves. However, his father and older brother both died when Washington was quite young. In 1748 he joined Lord Fairfax’s expedition and became a surveyor. He was brought up by his stepbrother Laurence. George Washington inherited a manor in Mount Vernon after Laurence had died. William Fairfax became his neighbor and a mentor. He always guided and supported Washington on his way to a career of a surveyor and a soldier. Soon he received the rank of the colonel and commander-in-chief in Virginian province. In 1759 George Washington married the wealthy widow Martha Dandridge Custis who was then only 28 years old. Martha was an intelligent and gracious woman. She had two children from her previous marriage. The rank of the Continental Army Chief was given to Washington in 1775. He managed to increase the combat effectiveness of troops and the level of discipline among the soldiers. On 30th April 1789 he was unanimously elected the first president of the country. He still remains the only president who received 100 percent electoral votes. In 1792 George Washington was again re-elected to be the president of the USA. John Adams was appointed to be his Vice-President. After retiring from the presidency, Washington returned to Mount-Vernon and devoted all his time to his family and plantations. He died at age of 67 on 14th December 1799 after suffering severe pneumonia.

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