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

1732

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.

1743

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

1747

Washington left school in Fredericksburg.

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

1749

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

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

1750

Washington was appointed county surveyor of Culpeper County.

1751

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

1752

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.

1755

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

1757

Washington resigned his commission and returns to Mount Vernon.

1759

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

1775

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

1776

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.

1783

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

1787

Washington promoted the formation of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1789

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

1790

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

1797

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

1799

Washington died of a throat infection.

1800

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.

1837

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

1880

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

1885

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

1968

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

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