George Washington Timeline

The timeline of George Washington’s life shows a young boy who started as the middle child in a wealthy plantation family who used his eagerness to learn, his talent for leadership and his belief in the morality of man to become a highly-regarded Founding Father of the United States.

George Washington's Life


On February 22 George Washington was born at Pope's Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father was a tobacco planter who also was a justice on the county court. His father had three children from his first wife who had passed away and George was the first child of six with his father's second wife.


Washington's father passed away when George was eleven. Washington's half brother Lawrence became George's caretaker.


Washington left school in Fredericksburg.

He went on to receive a surveyor's license from the College of William and Mary.


Washington was appointed surveyor of Culpeper County at the age of 17.

He became a member of a surveying expedition in West Virginia.


Washington was appointed county surveyor of Culpeper County.


Lawrence contracted tuberculosis and went to Barbados to try to improve his health, taking George with him.


Lawrence died at Mount Vernon, leaving Mount Vernon to his sister, and then to George in the event of her death. She died several months later and George inherited Mount Vernon.

Washington used his surveyor experience to gain an appointment as a major in the Virginia militia.


Washington served as aide-de-camp to General Braddock during the French and Indian War.


Washington resigned his commission and returns to Mount Vernon.


Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, the wealthy widow of a major Virginia landowner.


Washington was selected to be the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution.


Washington successfully forced the British out of Boston, but he lost New York to the British.

He crossed the Delaware River and defeated the British and retook New Jersey.


Washington resigned his position as Commander-in-chief after the victory in Yorktown.


Washington promoted the formation of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.


On April 30 he took the oath of office as President of the United States.


Washington signed the Residence Act of 1790 and selected the District of Columbia as the permanent location of the government.


On March 4, Washington released a letter which was his farewell address.


Washington died of a throat infection.


Congress passed a resolution to construct a mausoleum in D. C for the remains of Washington; however, due to southern opposition, the decision was made to keep Washington's remains at Mount Vernon.


Washington's remains were moved to a tomb constructed at Mount Vernon.


Congress declared a federal holiday in the District of Columbia to celebrate Washington's birthday.


Starting on February 22, Washington's birthday was celebrated annually by the entire nation.


The Uniform Holidays Bill changed the day Washington's Birthday is celebrated to the third Monday in February.

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