George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington's father died whenGeorge was 11 years old. He had very little formal schooling, but taught himself to be an expert woodsman, surveyor (a person who determines the boundaries and area of tracts of land), and mapmaker.Washington grew to be over 6 feet tall -- this was very rare in Colonial times.
French and Indian War:
As a young man, Washington joined the Virginia militia. He and six men traveled 500 miles north tothe shores of Lake Erie to deliver a message to the French -- the French were ordered to stop settling land that was claimed by the British. This land dispute led to a battle in which Washington and160 men lost to the French; this was the beginning of the French and Indian War (the British and the Colonists fought the French and some Indian tribes). After many heroic battles, Washington became acolonel and the leader of Virginia's militia. The British eventually won the French and Indian War.
Washington married Martha Custis in 1759; she was a rich widow who had two children,Martha "Patsy" and John "Jacky." Their home in Virginia was called Mt. Vernon. George and Martha did not have children together.
A Start in Politics:
In 1758, Washington was elected to the Houseof Burgesses in Virginia (the local governing body of Virginia).
In order to pay for the expensive French and Indian War, the British taxed the Colonists (the Stamp Tax),angering them. In Boston, the Colonists revolted, dumping precious tea into Boston Harbor (this event is called the Boston Tea Party).
In 1775, Washington was chosen as the Commander in Chief of the...