General
George Washington
(1732-1799)

General George Washington
General 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 Vernon.


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 until
March 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.*

*The White House (www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gw1.html)

(Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County, page 2)