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George Washington Biography

Founding Father and First President of the United States
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Honorary LLD degree, Brown University, 1790
  • Honorary LLD degree, Washington College, 1789
  • Sworn in as First President of the United States Apr. 30, 1789
  • Delegate to the Constitutional Convention. One of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, 1787-1789
  • Honorary LLD degree, University of Pennsylvania, 1783
  • Forced the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1781
  • Honorary LLD degree, Yale University, 1781
  • Honorary LLD degree, Harvard, 1776
  • Served in the Virginia House of Burgesses while managing his lands, 1759-1776
  • Elected by the 2nd Cont. Congress as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, June 15, 1775
  • Delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, 1775
  • Commissioned as a lieutenant colonel, fought in the French and Indian War, 1754
  • Helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax, 1748
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  • Born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indian War.