Summary

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.

Conflict Period:
Revolutionary War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Commander-in-chief 1
Birth:
22 Feb 1732 2
Wakefield Farm, Westmoreland County, Virginia 3
Death:
14 Dec 1799 1
Mount Vernon Plantation, Virginia 1
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Birth:
22 Feb 1732 2
Wakefield Farm, Westmoreland County, Virginia 2
Male 2
Death:
14 Dec 1799 3
Mount Vernon Plantation, Virginia 3
Cause: Throat Infection 3
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Birth:
Mother: Mary Ball Washington 2
Father: Augustine Washington 2
Marriage:
Martha Dandridge Custis 3
06 Jan 1759 3
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Revolutionary War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Commander-in-chief 1
Service Start Date:
June 1775 1
Service End Date:
23 Dec 1783 1
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Children:
John Parke (“Jacky”) Custis: Stepson 2
Martha (“Patsy”) Custis: Stepdaughter 2
Electoral College unanimously re-elects Washington:
13 Feb 1793 2
Inaugurated as first president of United States:
30 Apr 1789 2
Issues his farewell address:
September 1796 2
Successfully suppresses the Whiskey Rebellion:
August 1794 2
Accepts his election as president:
14 Apr 1789 2
Announces end of hostilities with Britain:
18 Apr 1783 2
Appointed aide de camp to British General:
April 1755 2
Appointed commander of the Continental Army:
15 Jun 1775 2
Appointed commander of Virginia colonial forces:
August 1755 2
Attends the Second Continental Congress:
10 May 1775 2
Battle of Yorktown & British surrender:
October 1781 2
Continental Army stays the winter at Valley Forge:
December 1777 2
Crossing of the Delaware:
December 25-26, 1776 2
Electoral College unanimously elects him president:
04 Feb 1789 2
Inherits Mt. Vernon plantation:
July 1752 2
Leads Virginia expedition against the French:
November 1753 2
Reads the Declaration of Independence to the Army:
09 Jul 1776 2
Resigns as commander of Virginia colonial forces:
November 1758 2
Serves as president of Constitutional Convention:
31 Dec 1969 2
Stepdaughter Martha (“Patsy”) dies of epilepsy:
19 Jun 1773 2
Stepson John dies of camp fever:
05 Nov 1781 2
Submits his resignation from the Army to Congress:
23 Dec 1783 2
The Battle of Brandywine:
03 Sep 1777 2
Works as a surveyor of Shenandoah Valley:
March 1748 2

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George Washington Selected to Command the Continental Army

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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. 

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