George Washington was born
in Virginia on February 22, 1732. He was the son of a rich planter.
Washington's father died when he was 11 years old. At the age of 14,
Washington left school to become a surveyor.
Washington joined the
Virginia militia during the French and Indian War. After several heroic
battles, Washington was made an officer. After the war, he returned to
Virginia to resume farming.
|Washington married Martha Custis in 1759. She
was a rich widow who had two children. They made their home named Mt. Vernon
When the First
Continental Congress met in 1774, Washington was a delegate from
Commander-in-Chief of the American army after the Battle of Bunker
Hill. Due to Washington's planning, the American won the war in 1781.
After the Revolutionary War was over, Washington returned to Virginia
to resume farming.
Five years later, he
was again a delegate to the Continental Congress. The delegates
appointed Washington as chairman of the Constitution Convention. In
1789, Washington was elected the first President of the United States
of America. He was re-elected in 1792, but refused a third
presidency, the Bill of Rights was adopted. After Washington died on
December 17, 1799, the capital of the United States moved to a
location near Washington's Mt. Vernon home and was named Washington in
Lesson 1 - Articles of Confederation
Lesson 2 - Writing the Constitution
Lesson 3 - Checks and Balances of the Government
Lesson 4 - The New Government
Lesson 5 - Bill of Rights
The First Political Parties
Article I - Legislative Branch
How a Bill Becomes a Law
Article II - Executive Branch
Article III - Judicial Branch