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George Washington 1732-1799

Published on November 30, 2012
Born in 1732, to a wealthy family of Virginia plantation owners, George Washington had, ironically, begun his career as a soldier fighting those who, twenty years later, would become his greatest allies.
In 1754, as a young Lieutenant-Colonel in the Anglo-American forces, the future first president of the United States fought the French during the skirmishes that preceded the Seven Years War. On May 10, 1 775, he was named commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. He wasted no time transforming a group of volunteers into an effective fighting force. Aided by military advisors from Europe - some reproached his favoritism towards La Fayette - Washington put together an army that took the offensive, even after that dreadful winter at Valley Forge, and routed the English before finally defeating them at Yorktown.
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