First President of the United States
George Washington became known as "The Father of Our Country". He is an important person in the history of the United States.
George's great-grandfather came from England and became a landowner in America. He owned more than 5,000 acres of land. George's father, Augustine, settled in Westmoreland County, Virginia. This is where George was born to Augustine and his second wife, Mary Ball. They had five more children after George was born.
He only went to school for 7 or 8 years, and his favorite subject was arithmetic.
His father died when he was 11, and he helped his mother take care of the plantation * . He grew very tall; 6 feet and 2 inches, and he liked to show how far he could throw rocks.
When he was sixteen he went to live with his half brother, Lawrence, who had inherited Mount Vernon from their father. Later on George would inherit the estate from Lawrence since Lawrence did not have any surviving children. George married a widow * , Martha Custis. They never had children of their own, but they raised Martha's two children, John Parke Custis, who was called "Jacky", and Martha "Patsy" Custis. Then after Jacky's death in the war, they adopted two of his children, their grandchildren.
Men came to Philadelphia to meet with the First Continental Congress. Washington thought he would be a good man to be general of the army, so he showed up in a uniform he had designed himself. The men agreed he would be the best person for the job.
The people of America wanted to be free of the rule of England and fought for that freedom.
Washington at Valley Forge
Washington was a good general. At one time Congress could not pay the soldiers and the soldiers started to rebel. The general spoke to them about the need to keep fighting and he said he himself would accept no pay until the war was won. The soldiers began to cry and there was no talk of mutiny * after that day.
Washington was always trying to become a better person. He worked to learn how to write neatly so people could read his writing easily. To improve his manners, he copied 110 rules or sayings written by a French priest. One of his favorites was: "When walking with a great man, don't walk right beside him, but somewhat behind. Stay close enough that he may speak easily to you."
The people wanted to make him king, but he thought the country needed a different kind of government. They elected him president in 1789. He received a unanimous * vote by the men who were doing the electing. Every one of them voted for him.
He served for two terms; 8 years, as president. The people wanted him to run for a third term, but he said, "No", and went back to the plantation.
He later returned and became Commander in Chief of the Army.
In 1799 he became ill with a sore throat. The doctors in those days did not know how to treat an illness, and some think their treatment caused his death.
It is said of Washington he was "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen".
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
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by Merriam - Webster
(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)
1 : relating to or being the origin or beginning
: FIRST, EARLIEST
1 : a group of plants and especially trees planted and cared for
2 : a settlement in a new country or region : COLONY
3 : a planted area; especially : an agricultural estate worked by laborers...
: a woman who has lost her husband by death
Pronunciation: 'myoot-ən-E, 'myoot-nE
: refusal to obey authority; especially : a military outbreak against the officer in charge
synonym see REBELLION - mutiny verb...
1 : being of one mind : agreeing completely
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The Real George Washington: The True Story of America's Greatest Diplomat
By Andrew M. Allison / National Center For Constitutional Study
Appropriately enough, the story of our first president's life reflects much of America's own. Rather than focus on the interpretations of historians, this up-close-and-personal look relies on Washington's own words---through biography and important and insightful passages from his writings. Much can be learned by studying the sound principles of one of our Founding Fathers! 928 pages, softcover from National Center for Constitutional Studies.
George Washington Biography FunBook
By Carole Marsh & Sherry Moss(Editor) / Gallopade International
Everyone's favorite way to learn about America's most important citizens! Easy-to-read information, facts, trivia, humor and activities are all included in Biography Funbooks! Ages 7-12. paperback.
By Cheryl Harness / Random House, Inc
It has been 200 years since George Washington died, but his story is more important than ever. His sacrifices for his country made him a legend, but who was this complex and valiant man? Cheryl Harness uses her lively writing style and richly detailed watercolors to bring the man behind the monument to life.
You'll smell the "hot blood and smoke" as George dodges bullets in the French and Indian War, sense his "purple fury" at soldiers who ran from battle early in the Revolution, shiver as he leads his army across the icy Delaware, and shout "Long live George Washington" as he is sworn in as President of the United States. But you'll see another George, too: A man who loved to dance, listen to his granddaughter play music, and entertain friends at his beloved Mount Vernon.
Love of liberty compelled George Washington to serve his country. Was he always sure he could do the job? Not at all! But he had to try.
Who Was George Washington?
By Roberta Edwards / Grosset & Dunlap
In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. He has been called the father of our country for leading America through its early years. Washington also served in two major wars during his lifetime: the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. With over 100 black-and-white illustrations, Washington's fascinating story comes to life?revealing the real man, not just the face on the dollar bill!
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Most Recent Comments ( See more comments on this page ) 2012-02-08
hello I was wondering if george washington had a favorite book or quote?
"He served for two terms; 8 years, as president. The people wanted him to run for a third term, but he said, "No", and went back to the plantation.
He later returned and became Commander in Chief of the Army"
According to my history, he was Commander in Chief while he was President. Why would he return after serving two terms as Commander in Chief to become Commander in Chief of the Army? Otherwise, it great history for young folks.
Robert L. Huffstutter
Thanks for the info! For some reason all these websites are saying some guy named John Hanson?!
John Hanson and seven other men each served one year terms as Presidents under the Articles of Confederation. George Washington was the first president under the Constitution.
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