George Washington: American Hero
There are many American heroes of the 18th century, men such as; John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Patrick Henry. All of these men have made great contributions shape the United States of America. Although one man in particular stands alone. George Washington, a man who loved his country and never gave up, and the father of the United States of America.
George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Va., on Feb. 22, 1732. Washington was the oldest child from Augustine Washington, his fathers second marriage. In 1743, when George Washington was eleven years old, his father died and George was sent to live with his oldest half-brother Lawrence, at Mt. Vernon. From then on Lawrence became like a second father to George, he raised him to be a man and taught him the importance of hard work. Around the age of seven, George began his education where he learned lessons in arithmetic, writing and reading. As a child, George was ahead of his class in mathematics, although he never learned a foreign language. Around the age of fifteen, without any college schooling, George completed his education.
After George completed his schooling, he was still determined to better himself by learning new things, he would constantly read and study just to gain a little more intelligence.
By the age of 17, George joined an expedition and was appointed a county surveyor and shortly after, he bought his own land. After Lawrence’s death from tuberculosis in 1752, George had obtained Mt Vernon and taken his brothers place in the military. In his first experience in the military, Washington lead Virginian expeditions into the western territories where there were a number of battles that went on against the French. During this time, Washington and his troops ambushed the French, outnumbered by the French military, Washington was forced to surrender. While fighting in the French and Indian War, Washington fought the battle of Monongahela....