George Washington was the first child of
Augustine Washington and his second wife Mary Ball Washington. He was born on
their Pope’s Creek Estate near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County,
Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia (George, n.d.). He was born on
February 11, 1731, according to the Julian calendar (George, n.d.). George
Washington died on December 14, 1799, at the age of 67, at Mount Vernon,
Virginia, U.S, and the cause of his death is Epiglottitis and hypovolemic shock
Three major influences contributed to
Washington are the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and
guidance from his half-brother Lawrence Washington, and the influence of
Lawrence’s in-laws, the Fairfax family. George Washington’s biggest influence
is from his older brother, Lawrence (Colonial, 2018). From Lawrence, Washington
learned trigonometry and surveying and cultivated a taste for ethics, novels,
music, and the theater (Colonial, 2018). From his brother, he got aspirations
for military service (Colonial, 2018). Another influence on George Washington’s
life was from the powerful Fairfax family of neighboring Belvoir, who
introduced him to the accomplishments and proprieties of mannered wealth and
provided him his first adventure (Colonial, 2018). It was on this expedition
that George began to appreciate the uses and value of land (Colonial, 2018).
Upon the death of George Washington’s
father in 1743, George’s formal schooling had come to an end (Education, 2015).
He attended a grammar school run by Reverend James Marye, the rector of St.
George’s Parish as well as from a school run by an Anglican clergyman
2015). Therefore, the extent of young
George’s formal educational training was in basic mathematics, reading, and
writing (Education, 2015). The death of his father prevented
Washington from the education at England’s
Appleby School such as older brothers had received (Education, 2015).
Despite being denigrated by other
well-educated founding fathers, George Washington’s informal training did much
to advance his career (Education, 2015). Most important is his humble,
controlled, and respectful demeanor won the hearts of the American people and
established him as a national icon (Education, 2015). George Washington had
never attended any college, though The College of William & Mary issued him
a surveyor’s certificate (Top Inspired. 2014).
George Washington is the one who marked
the leadership of the country (Top Inspired, 2014). He was the very first
President of the United States of America (Top Inspired, 2014). One of the
major accomplishments is during his military services, which began in the
French and Indian War in Monongahela during the year 1755 (Top Inspired, 2014).
During the battle in 1755, Washington showed great valor (Top Inspired, 2014).
After returning to Virginia with the battered army, he was given the new rank
of colonel and was officially named as the Commander-In-Chief of the Virginia
regiment (Top Inspired, 2014).
On June 19, 1775, George Washington was
selected to lead the Continental Army in U.S based on the previous military
experience he had (Top Inspired, 2014). Later he was commissioned as the
General and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army (Top Inspired,
2014). George Washington became the
first President of the United States of America in 1789 (Top Inspired2014). He
served two times as a president when the re-election came for the second time
in 1793 (Top Inspired, 2014).
He organized the first United States
Cabinet and the Executive Branch and even signed the Judiciary Act of 1789 and
made it into a law by George Washington, which shows the basic outline of the
federal court system (Top Inspired, 2014). He also plays a major role in
bringing amendments to the US Constitution through the Bill Of Rights in 1789
that contained guarantees of essential rights and liberties (Top Inspired,
Another major achievement of George
Washington is that he signed the Naval Act in 1794 to establish a permanent
standing naval force for the United States of America, which now eventually
became the present-day US Navy (Top Inspired, 2014). At the first Virginia
Convention, George Washington was elected as a Delegate member to the First
Continental Congress from 1774 to 1789 (Top Inspired, 2014).
George Washington is a significant figure
and is referred to as the father of the United States, for the role he played
in the founding of the country (Interexchange, 2018). He served in the American
Revolutionary War as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and under his
military and political leadership (Interexchange, 2018). He gained independence
for the United States from Great Britain in 1783 (Interexchange, 2018). His
face is on every U.S. one-dollar bill (Interexchange, 2018). He is best known
for his leadership style, political ideas and revolutionary vision for the
United States of America (Interexchange, 2018). As an honor to him, the
nation’s capital, along with 1 state, 31 counties and 17 cities are named in
Washington (Interexchange, 2018). As a young man, George Washington worked as a
surveyor and then he fought in the French and Indian War during the year 1754
to 1763 (History, 2018). In the year 1787, he was elected as the president of
the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution (History, 2018). Two years
later, Washington became America’s first president. He again reelected as the president
for the second time (History,2018).