The Father of Our Country

George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia February 22, 1732. He died December 14, 1799 at his home in Mt. Vernon, Virginia. During those years, Mr. Washington was a surveyor, landowner, farmer, British soldier, General in the US Revolutionary War, fighting for the rights of the colonies against Britain, and the first President of the newly formed United States of America from 1789-1797.

As a British subject, George Washington fought with the British, against the French, in the colonies from 1753-1758. A month after leaving the army, Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow with two young children, John (Jacky) and Martha (Patsy), who were 6 and 4, at the time. Patsy died just before the Revolutionary War began. Jacky died during the Revolution. At the time, Mr. Washington adopted two of Jacky’s children.

Mt. Vernon, VA Photo SQuandt

Mt. Vernon, VA
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As a large landowner and farmer, Mr. Washington kept over 100 slaves. He was said to dislike the institution of slavery, but accepted the fact that it was the law in Virginia.

In 1758, Mr. Washington entered politics, and was elected to Virginia’s House of Burgesses. In 1769, Washington introduced a resolution to the House of Burgesses calling

Capitol Williamsburg, VA Photo SQuandt

Capitol
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for Virginia to boycott British goods until the Townshend Acts were repealed. After the passage of the Intolerable Acts in 1774, Washington chaired a meeting in which the Fairfax Resolves were adopted, calling for the convening of the Continental Congress and the use of armed resistance as a last resort. He was selected a delegate to the First Continental Congress in March of 1775.

In May, Washington traveled to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia dressed in a military uniform. He was prepared for war. On June 15, 1775  George Washington was appointed Major General and Commander-in-Chief of the colonial forces against Great Britain.

After the colonies won their independence from Britain, General George Washington was elected to serve two terms as President of the now, United States of America.

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Congressional Hall
Philadelphia, PA
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For over 200 years, President George Washington has been called the Father of the United States of America. It is said President Washington’s most important legacy, however, may be the fact the President insisted he was dispensable, that the cause of liberty was larger than any single individual.

Too Late to Apologize. A Declaration.

Half way across the globe, and we’re standing on new ground.

Screaming across the waves, you can’t hear a sound…

We’ve colonized America, we won’t stand for tyranny!

We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true.

All men were created with certain unalienable rights!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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vondaskelton

Great history lesson, Sandy. Thanks!

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