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George Washington is best known as the Father of our Country He cared for this country much like a parent would care for a child During his presidency he solved many noteworthy problems His achievements led to a democratic wonderful country we like to call The United States of America Although hes not thought of as glamorous George Washington is looked upon with the utmost respect and awe by all countries of the world George Washington was born in Westmoreland County Virginia on February 22 1732 He was the oldest son of a Virginia farmer Washington received most of his education at home When he was 17 he was appointed surveyor of Culpeper County Virginia In 1752 Washington inherited Mount Vernon in Fairfax County The same year he was appointed adjutant of the southern district of Virginia a full-time salaried appointment carrying the rank of major He wanted to eventually secure a commission in the regular British army In 1753 Virginia was alarmed when a French expedition from Canada established posts on the headwaters of the Ohio River Conflict over this area eventually erupted into the French and Indian War in which Washington played a major military role that established his reputation as a commander In the fall of 1758 the French were defeated In 1759 he married Martha Dandridge Custis a wealthy young widow Washington matured into a solid member of Virginia society From 1759 to 1774 he served in the House of Burgesses By 1774 Washington had become a key supporter of the colonial cause That same year he was elected to the First Continental Congress In 1775 the Second Continental Congress elected Washington commander in chief of its army In July Washington arrived in Massachusetts where the battles at Lexington and Concord had been fought The British pulled back most of their troops to winter in New York City leaving scattered garrisons of German mercenaries in New Jersey On December 25
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