George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army which fought in the American War of Independence from 1775 to 1781. After the war was over, he was elected as the First President of the United States of America.
George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732. While he was still young, his father died. He was then raised by his brother who ensured that Washington attained education in important subjects such as mathematics and literature.
After attaining early education, George Washington began his career as a surveyor of lands. In 1754, the French and Indian War began which continued until 1763.
During this war, Washington actively participated as a part of the Virginia militia. This gave him important military experience which would serve him well during the American Revolutionary War.
When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, George Washington gave up his military career and settled down on his lands. He got married, raised children and got busy with taking care of his land.
Since he was a major landowner in Virginia, he was elected to be a member of the Virginia legislature. By 1775, landowners and Americans all over the 13 British colonies were fed up with the unjust taxes that Britain kept imposing on them.
So in 1775, Americans began a revolutionary war against Britain in order to gain independence.
When the Americans began fighting the British in 1775, they simply had disorganized groups of soldiers with little experience of fighting and poor training.
George Washington was selected as the general of this army, which came to be called the Continental Army. His task was to organise the army, train it, lead it against Britain and ultimately, win the war. This was a huge and heavy task but George Washington proved himself a very worthy general.
In 1777, George Washington led the Continental Army and camped at Valley Forge. Here, he was able to train the army so well that it turned from a group of poor soldiers to a very well-organised fighting army.
George Washington then led the army against British forces in the next years. He won a number of battles and lost a few. But he was known as a general who never lost his patience or temper.
Thanks to his patience, he was able to tire down the British as the revolutionary war dragged on. Finally, in 1781, George Washington led the American army and laid siege to Yorktown where a large British army was present.
The British were finally forced to surrender and this ended the revolutionary war with United States of America as the victor.
When the Revolutionary War ended, George Washington was one of the most famous people all over America. This was because not only did he win the war against Britain, he left his generalship at the end of the war and did not go on to become a dictator which he could have.
He was then elected as the First President of USA. And he is the only American President who received all the votes of state representatives. He remained President for two terms, from 1789 to 1797.
He then stepped down, refusing to be elected a third time. This set an example for later American presidents to not serve more than two times.