George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. He lived in Virginia where he grew up. When he was first born his parents would carry him around the town and show him off. When he was a kid he would act as a caption and his friends would be the soldiers. All of his friends looked up to him because he was so intelligent and kind. George loved watching his dad buy and sell things. He liked it especially when he got to help by adding, subtract, multiply and divide. When he was only eleven years old his dad passed away. When he was a teenager he was a land surveyor, who is someone he decides where people properties begin and end. When George was about twenty he had two hundred acres of land!
When he was twenty-one he decided he needed to chose a profession. He thought about being a sailor like his friend, a farmer like his dad was and a soldier like his brother. He decided on a soldier and he joined the army. Even though he was young everybody in the army admired him. He was a major in the American army before he was promoted to colonel. George and his troops fought against the French in the French and Indian war. George lost the battle and had to surrender. After that George decided he was never every going to surrender again.
In 1775 British soldiers shot American soldiers at the Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts battles. The American patriots needed a general so they asked George. He said yes. At first they lost some battles but they did not surrender. On October 26, 1776 George won the battle of Trenton, New Jersey. George believed that they could win and that his army would carry him to victory. He didn’t let his troops give up. Three years after the battle of Valley Forge, George and his soldiers defeated the British army at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. The 13 colonies needed a leader so they elected George as the president in 1789. He served his eight year term and decided he wanted to go back to Virginia and be a farmer even though he could have been the president for longer.
One afternoon he decided he would go for a horseback ride and got very wet. When he got home he started to feel like he had a cold and became very ill. He died because of his illness on December 14, 1799. One of George’s friends said that George Washington was “first in war, first in peace and first in hearts of his countryman.”
Thank you Connie and Peter Roop for letting me use your book for my research, it really helped. George was a great man, general and president to our country.