George Washington


He was born 1732 and he died in1799. seems today a figure
larger than life itself…..almost as he was when he was a familiar person in the
halls, homes, shops, and bars of 18th-century city Williamsburg. On Duke of
Gloucester Street, in the Raleigh Tavern's Apollo Room, or the Governor's Palace
Gardens, his powerful frame and his nice attitude..his presence….drew to him the
notice that wrote his place in the history of the city, the state, and the
nation.

"His bones and joints are large, as are his hands and feet," friend of
Washington George Mercer observed in 1760. He said Washington kept "all the
muscles of his face under perfect control, though flexible and expressive of
deep feeling ...

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worthies have merited from man an everlasting
remembrance."

In Williamsburg, when it was the seat of Virginia's government, Washington
secured his first military commissions, learned and practiced the arts of
politics, and moved from the attitude of being just another country squire to
become the leader of a continental revolution.

Born February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County he was the first son of his father
Augustine's second marriage: his mother was the former Mary Ball of Epping
Forest. When George was about 3 his family moved to Little Hunting Creek on the
Potomac, then to Ferry Farm opposite of Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock in
King George County.

His father died in 1743, and Washington grew nervous under his mother's guidance.
He proposed at one point to follow the sea, but he divided his adolescence among
the households of relatives, finding a home and a model in his half-brother
Lawrence at Mount Vernon. From Lawrence he learned trig and surveying ...

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on him Lawrence's assistantcy for the
Northern Neck and Eastern Shore. So it happened that in 1753 the governor sent
21-year-old Washington to warn French troops at Fort Duquesne at the forks of
the Ohio (that's modern Pittsburgh) that they were encroaching in territory
claimed by Virginia.

The French ignored the warning and the mission failed, but when Washington
returned Dinwiddie had Williamsburg printer William Hunter publish his official
report as The Journal of Major George Washington. It made the young officer
well-known at home and away.

Returning to the Ohio in April with 150 men to remove the intruders, Washington
got his first taste of war in a fight with a French ...

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