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George Washington

             You are about to read a short report on the first president of the United States. George Washington was chosen because he had such a profound effect on our country. Every United States citizen should know something about him. If is hoped that you enjoy reading this report and that you will learn something that you did not know before.
             Early Life.
             George Washington on February 22, 1732, in Virginia (Twohig, 42). He was the son of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. George was one of six children. He had 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Chase, 92).
             George's education included the study of math, surveying, the classics, and learning the "rules of civility" (42). He was a self-disciplined man when it came to learning. He wanted to learn and so he studied hard.
             Later Years.
             George Washington was married to Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759, at the age of 27. Martha was a wealthy widow with two children (Chase, 95). .
             After their marriage, they moved to Mt. Vernon. George soon bought land surrounding Mt. Vernon to farm. He was a good business man, and he kept his own books. His favorite things to do included fox hunting which he did mainly around the Mt. Vernon estate. He would invite many friends to join him in this sport. He and Martha also enjoyed entertaining their friends with dinner and as evening of card playing. Often they attended dances and the horse races (96).
             Military Years.
             George Washington was involved in several wars. He became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American revolution (Twohig, 42).
             In a speech George presented to both House of Congress on the 8th day of January in 1770, George made the following statement: "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace" (Bartlett).
             Political Life.
             George's political life began as a Colonial legislator in 1758. He was re-elected many times and was a member until 1772 (chase, 96).

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