1765. Commissioner to settle military accounts.
1774. In First Continental Congress. 1775.
In Second Continental Congress. 1775. June 15.
Elected commander-in-chief. 1775. July 2.
In command at Cambridge. 1776. March 17.
Expels the British from Boston. 1776. August
27. Battle of Long Island. 1776. August
29. Masterly retreat to New York. 1776.
September 15. Gallant, at Kipp’s Bay. 1776.
October 27. Battle of Harlem Heights. 1776.
October 29. Battle near White Plains. 1776.
November 15. Enters New Jersey. 1776. December
5. Occupies right bank of the Delaware. 1776.
December 12. Clothed with “full power.”
1776. December 14. Plans an offensive campaign.
1776. December 26. Battle of Trenton. 1777.
January 3. Battle of Princeton. 1777. July.
British driven from New Jersey, during. 1777.
July 13. Marches for Philadelphia. 1777.
September 11. Battle of Brandywine. 1777.
September 15. Offers battle at West Chester.
1777. October 4. Battle of Germantown. 1778.
Winters at Valley Forge. 1778. June 28.
Battle of Monmouth. 1778. British again retire
from New Jersey. 1778. Again at White Plains.
1779. At Middlebrook, New Jersey, and New Windsor.
1780. Winters at Morristown, New Jersey. 1781.
Confers with Rochambeau as to plans. 1781. Threatens
New York in June and July. 1781. Joins Lafayette
before Yorktown. 1781. October 19. Surrender
of Cornwallis. 1783. November 2. Farewell
to the army. 1733. November 25. Occupies
New York. 1783. December 4. Parts with his
officers. 1783. December 23. Resigns his
commission. 1787. Presides at Constitutional
Convention. 1789. March 4. Elected President
of the United States. 1789. April 30. Inaugurated
at New York. 1793. March 4. Re-elected for
four years. 1796. September 17. Farewell
to the people. 1797. March 4. Retires to
private life. 1798. July 3. Appointed commander-in-chief.
1799. December 14. Died at Mount Vernon.
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A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF WASHINGTON
George Washington was a son of Augustine Washington
and his second wife, Mary Ball, and a descendant of
John Washington, who emigrated from England about
1657, during the protectorate of Cromwell. He
was born in the English colony of Virginia, in Westmoreland
County, on February 22, 1732. His education was
simple and practical. To the common English instruction
of his time and home, young Washington added bookkeeping
and surveying. The three summers preceding his
twentieth year he spent in surveying the estate of
Lord Fairfax on the northwest boundary of the colony,
an occupation which strengthened his splendid physical
constitution to a high point of efficiency, and gave
him practice in topography,—valuable aids
in the military campaigning which speedily followed.