Wife: Martha Dandridge Custis (1732-1802),
on January 6, 1759
Kids: John "Jack" Parke
Custis (adopted) and Martha "Patsy"
Pets: Polly the parrot; 36 hounds;
Bio: George Washington (1732-1799)
was the first President of the United States.
He was born on a farm in Virginia on Feb.
11, 1731. He had very little formal education.
In 1751, he traveled to Barbados where he
contracted the dangerous smallpox. Thankfully
he survived, but lasting marks were left
on his face.
In the early 1750's, Washington had his
first taste of war. Britain and France were
arguing over who would occupy the upper
Ohio Valley. Virginia's governor put Washington
in command of an expedition to Fort Necessity.
On May 28, 1754, he and his men killed nine
French military men. This started the French
and Indian War! Soon, Washington was appointed
as a colonel in the British army, commanding
On Jan. 6, 1759, after retiring from the
military, he married the widow Martha Dandridge,
whose estate included 15,000 acres and 150
slaves. After becoming frustrated with Britain's
overwhelming taxes on his and other colonists'
businesses, he helped form the Continental
Congress, which created a new government
to resist British rule. On June 15, 1775
Washington was unanimously elected general
and commander in chief.
Washington became a hero throughout the
Revolutionary War. After many defeats it
seemed the colonies would surely lose the
war, but Washington crossed the elaware
on Christmas Day 1776, surprising Britain's
troops and capturing 1,000 prisoners. This
gave new life to the war effort. In 1781,
with the help of the French military, Washington's
army trapped British General Cornwallis
at Yorktown, Va., which led to colonies'