George Washington’s Early Life
Today, George Washington is mostly known for being a war hero, leading the continental army to victory against the British as commander in chief, and also being known to be our first president of the United States. Most people don’t realize that Washington’s earlier life is what got him to be what we know him as today, war hero and our first president.
Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on February 22nd, 1732, Washington was the oldest son out of six children by Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington, which was Augustine’s second wife. George Washington’s father died in 1743 when he was eleven (sc94.ameslab.gov). After Washington’s father died, He went to live with Lawrence Washington, his half brother. At the age of 16, in 1748, George Washington traveled the lands for a one month trip being a surveyor with George William Fairfax and James Genn (memory.loc.gov). While surveying Virginia’s western territory, Washington didn’t survey that much because it was mostly just left up to the more experience surveyors he was with. Washington became an official surveyor of Culpeper County. Being a surveyor made Washington has an upper hand on knowing the west side. It was good experience, which made him resourceful and toughened is body and mind. July 1752, Washington half brother Lawrence died of tuberculosis, making George Washington heir apparent of the Washington lands. Two months later, Sarah, Lawrence’s only child died. Washington became head of Virginia’s most prominent estates, Mount Vernon (biography.com). At the age of 20, farming became one of Washington’s good qualities, and gradually increased his landholdings to about 8,000 acres (biography.com)
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