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George Washington is unanimously referred to as the father of America The first president of the United States of America Washington set the manner for what was to become the most powerful seat of government in the country The purpose of this paper is to provide biographical information on Washington and to explain why he is known as the father of America Born in Westmoreland County Virginia on February 22 1732 George Washington was the eldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife Mary Ball Washington His five younger brothers and sisters were Elizabeth Samuel John Augustine Charles and Mildred who died in infancy Washingtons two half brothers Lawrence and Augustine were fourteen and twelve years older than he but the three boys liked and respected one another1 When Washington was three the family moved to a larger plantation further up the Potomac River It was called Epsewasson or Little Hunting Creek from the name of the stream it faced Young Washington grew to love the estate with a passion that lasted all his life Some years later Augustine bought a farm on the Rappahannock opposite Fredericksburg and moved the family there The plantation Ferry Farm was the place where Washington chopped the cherry tree down2 When Washington was eleven his father died The plantation at Epsewasson was granted to Lawrence Lawrence added to the estate and renamed it Mount Vernon in honor of Admiral Vernon under whom he had served in the West Indies George went to live with Augustine at Wakefield because Henry Williams school one of the best in the colony was located nearby3 Little is know of George Washingtons schooling He was probably tutored at home for a while and may have attended school in Fredericksburg before going to Henry Williams school At fifteen he was ready to do practical surveying He was good in mathematics he was a neat penman and an accurate mapmaker In 1748 Washington went
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