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George Washington

            Washington, George (1732-1799), won a lasting place in American history as the "Father of the Country." For nearly 20 years, he guided his country much as a father cares for a growing child. Washington was a well respected man, his appearance as well as the things he did for our country caused people to hold him high in respect. One man George Mercer gave a great description of him "He may be described as being straight as an Indian, measuring 6 feet 2 inches in his stockings, and weighing 175 pounds . A large and straight rather than a prominent nose; blue-gray penetrating eyes . He has a clear though rather colorless pale skin which burns with the sun . dark brown hair which he wears in a queue .
             His mouth is large and generally firmly closed, but which from time to time discloses some defective teeth . His movements and gestures are graceful, his walk majestic, and he is a splendid horseman." (George Mercer) (wash.htm).
             During George Washington's presidency term he did a lot of things that were very important and helped shape our nation in many ways. Washington Commanded the Continental Army that won America freedom from Britain in the revolutionary war. (wash.htm). He was also on the convention that wrote our constitution that is still upheld today. Foremost he was elected the very first president of our country and is known as the "father of our country". Washington only went to school until he was about 14 or 15 but he learned all that he needed to know in order to be the man we all honor. .
             Washington was a well known well respected individual. One of Washington's officers, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, summed up the way Americans felt and still feel about Washington: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." (wash.htm).He first served in the military and resigned in 1758 with the rank of brigadier general. Shortly before retiring from military service in 1758 Washington won election to Virginia's colonial legislature, the House of Burgesses.

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