We have finished our history stories for the time being and will be beginning something new for our Wednesday history posts starting…today! Each Wednesday, we will now be posting “Bullet-Point Bios” of different people that have had an impact on our country or have participated in the fight for liberty through the years. These aren’t meant to be exhaustive studies of the individuals, but rather, are meant to give a brief overview of their life in a fun, educational, and easy to read manner!
So, what better way to begin but with the father of our country, George Washington. Next we will move on to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Without further delay, here is our Bullet-Point Bio for the week!
– He lived from February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799.
– Known as the “Father of Our Country”, he played a key role in the founding of our nation.
– He is the only president who was unanimously elected both times, receiving all of the electoral votes!
– He wrote more letters (20,000+) than any other President in our history.
– He was born near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
– He was one of 10 children (four of whom were half siblings from his father’s previous marriage). Three of the 10 children died before reaching adulthood.
– He stood over six feet tall and was described by Jefferson as “the best horseman of his age”.
– His father died when George was 11 years old. George’s older half brother, Lawrence, became a surrogate father and role model.
– The death of his father prevented Washington from being able to attend England’s Appleby School as his older brothers had, so he received the equivalent of an elementary school education from a variety of tutors.
– At age 17, he began his career as a professional surveyor. Washington also received a commission and surveyor’s license from the College of William and Mary.
– He contracted smallpox while in Barbados with Lawrence (who was trying to recover from poor health) when he was 19 years old.
– He inherited Mount Vernon upon Lawrence’s death in 1752. Lawrence had named Mount Vernon after his commanding officer in the War of Jenkins Ear.
– He served in the Colonial Militia during the French and Indian War.
– He married widow Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759.
– Although they never had children of their own, George helped raise Martha’s two children from her previous marriage.
– He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American War for Independence.
– He presided over the convention that drafted our current United States Constitution.
– He was the first President of the United States.
– His time in office established many precedents which are still in use today such as the cabinet system, the inaugural address, and the title Mr. President.
– Although the exact cause of his death has been a subject for debate, Washington passed away on December 14th, 1799 at age 67.