By: Jenna F
What role did George Washington have on American History?
George Washington was a member of the landed gentry in the Virginia Colony.
In February of 1753 George Washington joined the Virginia Militia at the rank of a major. 21 year old George led the Virginia Militia during the French and Indian war. George Washington was involved in several campaigns and battles like the Yorktown Campaign and the Battle of the Long Islands.
On May 10th 1773 the Tea Act was passed. From there colonists got furious which led to the Boston Tea Party, the main cause of the Revolutionary War.
In 1775 John Adams nominated George Washington to be the commander-in-chief of the army. When he was a commander he fought in the Revolutionary War. He lost several battles but NEVER surrendered.
Congressional representatives of the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th of 1776.
On December 23, 1783, George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the army. And in the year of 1789 the Electoral College elected George Washington unanimously as the first president of the United States. He took the oath of office as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. He reluctantly served a second term as President and refused to run for a third term. During the time he was president the Bill of Rights was passed in 1791 and in 1794 the Constitution was established. George Washington retired in 1797 and returned to his plantations and other business interests. He died in his home on Saturday, December 14, 1799, at the age of 67.
Where the Revolutionary War started.