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General George Washington was a Father and a leader of this country and will never be forgotten by his people After riding through a bad winter storm General Washington caught a cold His throat became infected making it difficult to breathe On December 14 1799 at the age of 67 George Washington died from this infection As he wished he was buried at Mount Vernon George Washington was born to Augustine and Mary Washington at ten oclock in the morning on February 22 1732 in Westmoreland County Virginia George grew up near Fredericksburg Virginia He had a younger sister and three younger brothers He also had two older half brothers who were sent to England to go to school Washington worked hard and learned about geography astronomy arithmetic and surveying When George was 11 years old his father died and George became very close to his older half brother Lawrence George liked to visit Lawrence who was living in a small house their father built on the Potomac River Lawrence named the house and its farm Mount Vernon after his commanding officer Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy George enjoyed listening to Lawrence talk about the time he served in the military with the British He also liked to hear Lawrence and his friends talk about the Virginia frontier George learned that Lawrences friend George William Fairfax was going to the frontier to survey land George wanted to go He had learned a little about surveying and had practiced by measuring Lawrences turnip field Although he was only 16 years old Mr Fairfax allowed him to join the group George learned more than surveying on the trip The men rode on horseback for days exploring the wilderness slept in the open still wearing their clothes and rolled up in blankets They talked with Indians ate some of their food and watched them dance in the bright firelight
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