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George Washington Father of a Nation A desolate wind swept over the American encampment at Valley Forge Freezing temperatures and blinding snow storms accompanied by heartbreaking defeats had taken their toll on these young freedom fighters The cry for freedom could no longer be heard over hunger pains and the freezing wind One lone figure could be seen walking through the camp trying to re-ignite that fire in his dwindling troops who were huddled together for warmth We can only wonder what words of encouragement George Washington told his men to keep their hopes alive that long hard winter of 1778 Whatever they were they held an army together and inspired a young nation to go on and defeat the greatest power in the world at that time Is it any wonder why the United States capital a State and hundreds of small towns and counties across the country are named in honor of one of the greatest men in our nations history George Washington Born on February 22 1732 in Westmoreland County Virginia George Washington began his life on the family estate along the Potomac River When George was a young boy he loved going to the home of his half brother Lawrence a house called Mount Vernon Lawrence had named the house and its farm Mount Vernon after his commanding officer Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy After the death of his father when he was only 11 Washington moved to Mount Vernon where his brother acted like a second father George was privileged to grow up in Virginias higher society and was able to attend school unlike many children of that day His last two years in school were devoted to engineering geometry trigonometry and surveying At age sixteen in 1748 he was appointed a public surveyor According to one authority he was engaged to survey these wild territories for a doubloon
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