Early Life and Education
Born into a planter family in 1732, George Washington was initially homeschooled. He pursued surveying, revealing exceptional mathematics skills, but never attended college, unlike many contemporaries.
French and Indian War
Washington's military career began with the French and Indian War. His leadership during the disastrous Battle of Fort Necessity taught him crucial lessons that shaped his future strategies.
Appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Washington's strategic acumen was evident. Despite lacking resources, his innovative winter encampment at Valley Forge greatly improved troop conditions and morale.
Less known is that Washington was a spymaster. He ran a successful intelligence network, known as the Culper Spy Ring, which used sophisticated methods to disrupt British communications.
Washington's influence was pivotal at the Constitutional Convention. Although silent on many issues, his presence alone unified factions, leading to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Whiskey Rebellion Stance
Facing the Whiskey Rebellion, Washington demonstrated federal authority by personally leading troops to suppress the insurrection, underscoring the new government's power and resolve.
End of Life
Washington died from a throat infection in 1799. His will freed his slaves posthumously, an act uncommon among Virginia planters, symbolizing a progressive step towards human rights.