He was born 1732 and he died in1799.
George Washington 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
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.
...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 when
moved by emotion. In conversation he looks you full in the face, is deliberate,
deferential and engaging. His voice is agreeable . . . he is a splendid horseman."
Thomas Jefferson who served with Washington in the House of Burgesses, wrote: "On
the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect, in nothing bad, in a few points
indifferent; and it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine
more perfectly to make a man great, and to place him in the same constellation with
whatever 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
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 and
accomplished a taste for ethics, novels, music, and the theater. An officer in the
Virginia militia, Lawrence had served with Admiral Edward Vernon.
..for who the
plantation was named, and tinged George with aspirations for military service.
In the interim, the powerful Fairfax family of neighboring Belvoir introduced him
to the accomplishments of wealth and in 1748 provided him his first "adventure".
That year Lord Fairfax dispatched him with a party that spent a month surveying
Fairfax lands in the still-wild Shenandoah. In the expedition, he began to
appreciate the uses and value of land, an appreciation that grew the following year
with his appointment as Culpeper County surveyor, certified by the College of
William and Mary.
Lawrence, suffering from a lung complaint took a Barbados voyage in search of