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1730

1732, February 22

George Washington is Born

George Washington was born on a plantation called Pope’s Creek. His father was Augustine and his mother was Mary. He had two older half-brothers and one older half-sister.

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1738

George Washington Moves to Ferry Farm

George Washington lived in Virginia. As a young boy, he lived on three different farms. He moved to Ferry Farm when he was seven years old.

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1740

1743, April 12

George Washington Loses His Father

George Washington was eleven when his father died. George was put in charge of the family farm. He took care of his mother and younger brothers and sisters. He managed crops and the enslaved people who worked on the farm.

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1746

George Washington Learns

George Washington was not able to go to school after his father died. He continued his education by reading books and practicing math. He read the Rules of Civility to improve his manners. He read a book about surveying to improve his math. Until his death, George Washington continued to learn through books.

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1750

1753, October 31

George Washington Joins the Military

George Washington was sent to the Ohio Territory when he was twenty-one years old. His job was to tell the French troops there to leave. The French refused to leave and the French and Indian War started. During the war George Washington was in charge of the Virginia Company.

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1754

I heard the bullets whistle, and believe me there is something charming in the sound. ”

George Washington to his brother Jack after the Battle of Jumonville Glen
1758, July 24

George Washington Enters Politics

George Washington was elected to represent Frederick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was part of Virginia’s government.

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1760

1761

George Washington Inherits Mount Vernon

George Washington rented his home, Mount Vernon, from his sister-in-law. When she died George Washington became the owner of Mount Vernon.

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1766

George Washington Stops Growing Tobacco

George Washington grew tobacco as a crop on his farms until 1766 when he realized that tobacco used up many of the nutrients in the soil. He changed the crops he grew to grains like wheat.

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1770

1776, December 25

George Washington Crosses the Delaware

George Washington led a secret mission on Christmas night. His troops crossed the icy Delaware River. Early in the morning they attacked soldiers fighting for England. The soldiers surrendered. This was a big victory for George Washington.

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1778

George Washington Goes to Valley Forge

George Washington and his soldiers spent the winter in a camp called Valley Forge. It was very cold that winter. There was not enough food, clothing, or firewood for the soldiers.

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1780

1783, December 23

George Washington Resigns from the Army

George Washington and his troops won the American Revolution. After he left his job in the army he went home to Mount Vernon.

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1789, April 30

George Washington Becomes President of the United States

George Washington was the first President of the United States of America. His inauguration was in New York City. New York City was the first capital of the United States.

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1790

1790, January 9

In our progress towards political happiness my station is new; and, if I may use the expression, I walk on untrodden ground. ”

George Washington to Catherine Macaulay Graham
1792, January 5

George Washington Becomes President of the United States...again

George Washington was chosen to be President of the United States two times. His second inauguration was in Philadelphia. Philadelphia was the capital of the United States after 1790.

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1797

George Washington Retires

George Washington decided it was time for someone else to be president. He had been president for eight years. He returned home to Mount Vernon. John Adams became the second president.

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1797, April 7

I am once more seated under my own Vine and fig tree, and hope to spend the remainder of my days—which in the ordinary course of things (being in my Sixty sixth year) cannot be many—in peaceful retirement, making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the Earth.”

George Washington to James Anderson
1799, December 14

George Washington Dies at Mount Vernon

George Washington died from a throat infection when he was 67 years old. He was buried at Mount Vernon. People mourned his death for many months.

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1799, December 28

First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

From a eulogy written by Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee
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