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This encyclopedia offers an A—Z retrospective of George Washington's life, career, and historical significance, based in large part on Washington's own words and those of his contemporaries. George Washington dominated his era like few other Americans. Yet the complexity of the historic events he was involved in and the sheer magnitude of his correspondence—the most voluminous in colonial America—can be overwhelming for researchers.

George Washington A Biographical Companion

The goal of this volume is to make the larger-than-life figure of George Washington accessible to modern researchers. In its entries readers will discover a detailed and surprising portrait.

Washington was not a cold, aloof, and unknowable man, but was extremely convivial by nature; a general who commanded the Continental army without pay but was a better administrator than military strategist; a man of deeds whose appearance was, according to one contemporary, "truly noble and majestic;" a man known to his contemporaries for his complete honesty. Frank E. French and Indian War.

Washington, George (), first president of the United States | American National Biography

John Adams — president of the United States of America. After serving as a soldier —59 in the war against the French, Washington took part in two of the three Continental Congresses held by the American colonies in revolt against British rule and , and in was chosen as commander of the army raised by the colonists, the Continental Army. He served in that capacity throughout the War of Independence, bringing about the eventual American victory by keeping the army together through the bitter winter of to at Valley Forge and winning a decisive battle at Yorktown Washington chaired the convention at Philadelphia that drew up the American Constitution, and two years later he was unanimously elected President, initially remaining unaligned to any of the newly emerging political parties but later joining the Federalist Party.

He served two terms, following a policy of neutrality in international affairs, before declining a third term and retiring to private life. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice.

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Students copied from printed and handwritten texts and from oral instruction; GW probably did both. While parts of his work suggest oral instruction, some of it was certainly copied from written or printed sources.

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The sum of his parts was the greatness of Washington. George Washington Spymaster John A. A trained surveyor, Washington mastered topography and used his superior knowledge of battlegrounds to maximum effect. If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. House of Representatives.

It is likely that the extant exercises were created in several separate sessions of schooling, and they may have been taught by several different teachers. GW himself seems never to have alluded to his schooling or his schoolboy writings.

Sparks was not alone in this practice. Bushrod Washington and George Corbin Washington also gave away snippets of the exercises. Washington, D.

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These three volumes still have on their spines the numbers , , and , but they have, since , become volumes 1, 2, and 3, subseries A, first series, of the George Washington Papers in the Library of Congress. John C. Fitzpatrick, ed.

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