Federal Hall on Wall Street

Federal Hall on Wall Street


On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony
of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as
the first President of the United States.He was born in Westmoreland
VA,February 22,1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the
morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th
century Virginia gentleman.When the Second Continental Congress
assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the
Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the
Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts,
he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war
that was to last six grueling years.In 1754, now a Lieutenant Colonel
was sent again to the Ohio Country with a new mission of driving the
French out.

Accompanied by his American Indian allies he ambushed
a scouting party of the French led by Joseph Coulon de Villiers who
had been sent to see if Washington had invaded French territory. On
may 28 1754, daybreak, Washington ambushed the scout party of
about 30 men killing 10 men wounding one and taking the rest
prisoners. During the melee Ensign Jumonville was killed with the
French later claiming they had been massacred.Washington then built
the fort Necessity but was forced to surrender when a large French
Company attacked him. He was made to sign surrender terms
which included an admission that he assassinated French commander
Jumonville who the French claimed was on a diplomatic mission.

The Jumonville incident became an international affair and was a
major spark of the French Indian war. When he was released he
was asked not to return to Ohio Country for one year.

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