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Washington was born in Westmore County Virginia on February 22 1732 He is the son of the late Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington Augustine was a tobacco farmer and a stock raiser Washington spent most of his early childhood on the Ferry Farm in Fredricksburg Virginia He attended school up until his fifteenth year Washington married Martha Dandridge on January 61759 Washington spent his early adult years as a farmer and as a surveyor until he was appointed adjutant for the southern district of Virginia by Lieutenant Governor Robert Dinwiddle The next year he became the adjutant of the Northern Neck and Eastern Shore In 1753 Dinwiddle warned the French to stop their infringements on the Ohio Valley land that was claimed by the king Dinwiddle sent one messenger but he failed He gave Washington the order to warn the French on October 31 1753 His party consisted of an interpreter a guide two men that were experienced traders with the Native Americans and two others Washington left in November from Cumberland Maryland and traveled to Fort-Le Boeuf When he arrived he discovered that the French would fight for their land The party nearly escaped from the French Washington was next appointed lieutenant colonel to an expedition to the Ohio Valley In April 1754 he set out from Alexandria with 160 men to reinforce a fort in southwestern Pennsylvania only to find that the French took control of the fort and renamed it Fort-Duquesne Washington then cautiously set up his own post within 40 miles of the French position He attacked the French post on May 281754 He managed to kill the commander and nine others They then took the rest prisoners Washington immediently received a promotion to a full colonelcy On July 3 1754 the French drove him and 350 men into Fort Necessity The French then
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