George Washington is a very important figure in the American History. He had a very interesting childhood, was an extraordinary commander in the military, and was a phenomenal President. He led numerous different battles and was a role model to many. The people of America loved him and to this day he is still incredibly admired.
Washington was born in Westmoreland County, VA, on Feb. 22, 1732. He was the oldest son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. Washington spent his early life on the family estate on Pope's Creek along the Potomac River. His education included the study of the classics, mathematics, surveying, and "rules of civility." Once Washington’s father died in 1743, George went to live with his half brother Lawrence at Mount Vernon. Lawrence became more of a father-like figure for George, who had married into the Fairfax family and helped start up Washington’s career. Since his mother didn’t approve Georges dream of going to sea, he decided that instead he’d study Lord Fairfax's lands in the Shenandoah Valley. Washington helped lay out the Virginia town and was selected surveyor for Culpeper County. In 1752, Lawrence died of tuberculosis, which led George to inherit the Mount Vernon estate.
By 1753, the increasing rivalry between the British and French power of the Ohio Valley, which soon led into the French and Indian War (1754-1763), created new opportunities for Washington. He first grew public notice when he was sent off in October 1753 by Governor Robert Dinwiddie on a mission to warn the French commander at Fort Le Boeuf against further violation on the area claimed by Britain. Washington's diary version of the dangers and difficulties of his journey, published at Williamsburg on his return, may have helped win him his following promotion to lieutenant colonel. Although Washington was only twenty-two years old and lacked experience, he learned extremely quickly. He...