Posted by: Ron DuBour | November 21, 2014

American Heroes~George Washington (1732 – 1799)~by rldubour


Friday!! for those that have been following from the beginning every Friday I post a work of an American Hero! All the names in my American Heroes series are from writers all over the world as a challenge and that is how these books came to be.  Today we look at one of the Father of our Nation,  A little history, educational all set in poetry, Enjoy!

 

George Washington (1732 – 1799)

In Westmoreland County, Virginia

On the family’s Pope’s Creek Estate.

Born to Augustine and Mary

A son of greatness would be his fate.

 

 

In his youth was a surveyor

Proved to be invaluable knowledge.

In forty-eight invited to survey

Baron Fairfax’s lands west of the Blue Ridge.

 

 

At twenty was a district adjutant

This made him Major Washington.

At twenty-one in Fredericksburg

He became a Master Mason.

 

 

Married Martha Dandridge Custis

January sixth in fifty-nine.

Made their home at Mt. Vernon

To retire was on his mind.

 

Unanimously elected

President in seventeen-eighty nine.

Received 100% electoral votes

No one else has since that time.

 

 

On April thirtieth took the oath

As our nation’s first president.

A second term refused a third

Which became law by the 22nd Amendment.

 

 

A central, critical figure in the forming

Of the United States of America.

One of the major founding fathers

First in war or peace he over saw.

 

 

Led the Continental Army to victory

Over the Kingdom of Great Britain.

An exemplary figure made him

One of our greatest politician.

 

 

An inspirational leader

First in the hearts of his countrymen.

Immense prestige and virtue

An exempla nary figure among men.

 

 

Scholars consistently rank him

As one of the top three U.S. Presidents.

Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D Roosevelt.

George Washington for better meant.

 

AUTHOR NOTES: George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 (February 11, 1731, the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington, on the family’s Pope’s Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. In his youth, Washington worked as a surveyor of rural lands and acquired what would become invaluable knowledge of the terrain around his native state of Virginia. Washington embarked upon a career as a planter and in 1748 was invited to help survey Baron Fairfax’s lands west of the Blue Ridge. In 1749, he was appointed to his first public office, surveyor of newly created Culpeper County, and through his half-brother, Lawrence Washington, he became interested in the Ohio Company, which aimed to exploit Western lands. After Lawrence’s death in 1752, George inherited part of his estate and took over some of Lawrence’s duties as adjutant of the colony. As district adjutant, which made him Major Washington at the age of 20 in December 1752, he was charged with training the militia in the quarter assigned him. At age 21, in Fredericksburg, Washington became a Master Mason in the organization of Freemasons, a fraternal organization that was a lifelong influence. George Washington was introduced to Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow who was living at White House Plantation on the south shore of the Pamunkey River in New Kent County, Virginia, by friends of Martha when George was on leave from the French and Indian War. George only visited her home twice before proposing marriage to her 3 weeks after they met. George and Martha were each 27 years old when they married on January 6, 1759 at her home, known as The White House, which shared its name with the future presidential mansion. The newlywed couple moved to Mount Vernon, where he took up the tuckahoe life of a genteel planter and political figure. They had a good marriage, and together, they raised her two children by her previous marriage to Daniel Parke Custis, John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis, affectionately called “Jackie” and “Patsy”. George and Martha never had any children together—an earlier bout with smallpox followed, possibly, by tuberculosis may have left him sterile. Later the Washington’s raised two of Mrs. Washington’s grandchildren, Eleanor Parke Custis (“Nelly”) and George Washington Parke Custis (“Washy”) after their father died in 1781. The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only president to receive 100% of electoral votes. John Adams was elected vice president. Washington took the oath of office as the first President under the Constitution for the United States of America on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York City although, at first, he had not wanted the position. Washington reluctantly served a second term as president. He refused to run for a third, establishing the customary policy of a maximum of two terms for a president which later became law by the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was a central, critical figure in the founding of the United States of America, as well as the nation’s first president (1789–1797). Before becoming one of the major founding fathers of the nation, as well as president, Washington led the Continental Army to victory over the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Washington was seen as symbolizing the new nation and republicanism in practice. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians. During Washington’s funeral oration, Henry Lee said that of all Americans, he was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Scholars consistently rank him, together with Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as one of the top three U.S. Presidents.


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