George Washington. “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” –G.W.
“The Constitution is the guide which I never
will abandon.” –G.W.
In February 1732 George Washington was born. He lived near Fredericksburg with his mother and half brother in Mount Vernon. His mother’s name was Mary Ball. The tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree is simply a tale invented by Mason Locke Weems (1759-1825), author of the biography of George Washington. George Washington’s father died when he was 11. At 14 Washington planned to join the army. By the age of 16 he was very skilled in mathematics, surveying, reading, etc. He was always interested in the military arts from a young age.
Washington had 2 interests: military arts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax Fairfax.
A man surveying
In 1754 , Lieutenant Colonel Washington fought skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War.
Washington and his wife enjoyed less than 3 years of retirement at Mount Vernon, until Washington died of throat infection December 14, 1799.