George Washington (1732 - 1799), appointed to be the first US president after leading the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, serving for 2 terms from 1789 to 1797, is regarded as the Founding Fathers of the United States. He made significant contribution to drafting the US Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation and remains the supreme law of the land.
George Washington was the oldest among 6 children of Augustine Washington, a slave-owning tobaco planter, and his second wife Mary Ball Washington. At the age of 11, right after father’s death, George became the ward of his half brother Lawrence, who gave him a good upbringing and supervised him a lot with the first step into political career as the official surveyor for Culpeper County.
In 1959, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow already having two children but never had any children of his own, in fact.
- The meaning of the name Washington: From The Town Of Wassa's Peopl