George Washington sought neither greatness nor power, but during his lifetime, he held two of the most powerful and important positions in America. Washington began his life as a farmer. At a young age, he served in the British Army and led the Virginia colonial forces. When the colonists grew dissatisfied with British rule and rebelled, Washington became leader of the rebel forces, also known as the Continental Army. After leading the army to victory in the American Revolution, Washington presided over the Founding Fathers as they wrote the Constitution. He then served two terms as the president of the United States. Washington led America to freedom and set a precedent for how one should lead. He was a strong, gifted, and moral man. He did not seek fame. Washington only desired to live in a free nation, and when it was asked that he fight for and lead his country, he stepped up to the challenge. Washington remains the Father of America and a standard of greatness in U.S. history.
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George Washington Selected to Command the Continental Army
Footnote.com contains hundreds of documents relating to George Washington and the founding of the United States of America. This is an account of the Continental Congress selecting George Washington to command all the forces fighting against the British Army. At the time of his appointment, on June 15, 1775, Washington refused a salary for his services and told the Congress he would bill them at the end of the war. On July 1, 1783, Washington submitted to the Continental Board of Treasury his expense account.