George Washington was born in Virginia and attended local schools.
He engaged in land surveying and was appointed adjutant general
of a military district in Virginia with the rank of major in 1752.
By 1754 Washington was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel
and served in the French and Indian war, and subsequently appointed
as commander in chief of Virginia forces in 1755. He resigned
his commission in December 1758 and returned to the management
of his estate at Mount Vernon while also serving as a justice
of the peace and as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.
In 1774 Washington was a delegate to the Williamsburg convention
and served as a member of the First and Second Continental Congresses
in 1774 and 1775 when he was unanimously chosen as commander in
chief of all the forces raised or to be raised. Commander of the
continental armies throughout the Revolutionary War, at the end
of the struggle for American independence in 1783, Washington
resigned his commission and returned to private life at Mount
Unanimously elected as the first President of the United States,
he was inaugurated April 30, 1789, in New York City. Washington
was reelected in 1792 and served untilMarch
of 1797, when he declined a re-nomination. Appointed as lieutenant
general and commander of the United States Army July 3, 1798,
he served until his death on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon,
Virginia, where his body is interred.*
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