Known as the first president of the United States, and an honored general, George Washington was born near the Potomac in Westmoreland, Virginia, to Augustine Washington, on February 22, 1732. The battles he fought during the revolution proved his ability to be a great general. He possessed an innate ability to keep the soldiers together and motivated when they were struggling despite the fact they were poorly trained and lacked in food and supplies. Although the battles they won were few, the Continental Army was able to hold their own, which eventually led to the war ending with the Battle of Yorktown. Washington’s decision to quickly move south with his French allies to prevent Cornwallis from moving from Yorktown had a profound effect on the outcome of the battle and the Revolutionary War. George Washington is a man that will never be forgotten in American history. Washington understood the essential ingredients necessary for the establishment of a constitutional, republican government. As the General and Commander in Chief, George Washington became America’s true hero. References: Brookhiser, Richard. Founding Father : Rediscovering George Washington. New York: Free Press, 1996. Brumwell, Stephen. George Washington, Gentleman Warrior . New York: Quercus, 2013. Gormley, Ken. The Presidents and the Constitution: a Living History . New York: New York University Press, 2016.
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