Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Know About George Washington

During an Admission Preparation session, I asked a fifth grade student if he knew who the First President of the United States was. He told me it was Abraham Lincoln.

For many of you who may not be an avid historian like Howard Zinn, the correct answer is George Washington. Here are some fun facts about George Washington:

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in an area called Westmoreland, Virginia. His father was a tobacco farmer who tried to make a living in iron mining. He spent a great part of his childhood on Ferry Farm near Fredricksburg. In 1751, he travelled to Barbados where he became very ill and contracted Smallpox. As a result, part of his face was scarred but the illness did help his body gain an immunity against the disease.

For many years George had spent time serving in many military outfits and his primary goal was to gain commission in the British Army. This was a dream that was unsuccessful but he was able to gain a great deal of military, political, and leadership skills during this time.He was part of the Seven Years War, the Braddock Disaster, and later on led the American Revolution in the Victory of Boston, Defeat at New York, and Defeat at Yorktown.

What George Washington is most famous for was a story that occurred during his childhood. It has been said that he had chopped down his father's favorite cherry tree. When asked about the event, he ultimately admitted to the deed when he was questioned. His famous response was: "I can't tell a lie, Pa."

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