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.
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.
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.
George Washington went on a trip when he was nineteen years old. He went to an island in the Caribbean called Barbados. He went with his half-brother Lawrence who was sick. Doctors said the warm weather in Barbados would help Lawrence.
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.
George Washington to his brother Jack after the Battle of Jumonville Glen
I heard the bullets whistle, and believe me there is something charming in the sound. ”
George Washington was elected to represent Frederick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was part of Virginia’s government.
George Washington married Martha Custis. Martha had been married before but her husband died. She had two children, John and Martha. In April George moved his new wife and step-children to his home, Mount Vernon.
George Washington was chosen to lead the army during the American Revolution. His job was to fight the British Army. The Second Continental Congress gave him the title Commander in Chief.
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.
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.
George Washington to Catherine Macaulay Graham
In our progress towards political happiness my station is new; and, if I may use the expression, I walk on untrodden ground. ”
George Washington wanted to meet the people who lived in the United States. He went on a trip to the states in the South. Each day he traveled between 25-40 miles.
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.
George Washington to James Anderson
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.”
From a eulogy written by Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee
First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”