On February 22, 1732 George
Washington was born. George was born at Bridges Creek
Plantation. He was an athletic boy, and he was tall for his
age. His father gave him a pony and taught him how to ride.
George went to a school near home. There a minister taught
him how to write, read and do sums. George had a hard time
with spelling. Nothing really bad happened to George until
he was eleven. That was when his father died. Now George
looked to his half bother, Lawrence, for guidance. Lawrence
taught him how to hunt and to shoot. George became a very
good marksman. George Washington grew up in a big family.
His father was married before. George had two half brothers
that were older then him and three younger brothers. When
George was twenty, he joined the Virginia militia as a
major. He became successful in the military.
was settled in Mount Vernon, where he met Martha Curtis. Martha
owned 100 slaves. Martha had two children named Patsy and Jackie.
George and Martha were married and lived in Mount Vernon.
wanted to be free of Great Britain. They wanted independence and
to run their country on their own. Washington was chosen to be the
army’s leader. Washington was a great commander and finally helped
America win the Revolutionary War. After this, many people wanted
Washington to become King of the United States. Washington wanted
no part of it. He only wanted to live peacefully at Mount Vernon.
received a call to duty. The delegates of the thirteen states were
meeting in Philadelphia to write a constitution for the United
States. The document called for a president to lead the people.
Ballots were sent out and all voters chose Washington as there
first president. George Washington served two terms as president
proving to be a very wise, caring, and fair leader.
spent the rest of his life at Mount Vernon, the place he loved to
The story of
George Washington chopping down the cherry is one of the most
famous stories told about Washington. There is no evidence that
the story was true. Some say the story was told in order to point
out George Washington's honesty.
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