George Washington was the first President of the USA and served in the position between 1789 and 1797. He was called the father of his nation for the important role that he played in the formation of the USA.
On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress, responding to the growing crisis near Boston, directed that one of its own constituents George Washington take command of the newly designated Continental Army.
George Washington was born into a mildly prosperous Virginia farming family in 1732. Lord Fairfax as a surveyor at the age of sixteen, the young George Washington traveled deep into the American wilderness for weeks at a time.
George Washington could trace his family’s presence in North America to his great grandfather, John Washington, who migrated from England to Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII. Much of the family’s wealth was lost during the Puritan revolution and in 1657 George’s grandfather, Lawrence Washington, migrated to Virginia.