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George Washington Timeline

George Washington Timeline 1732 - 1799
The important dates and history of George Washington
The first American president
The American War of Independence and Signing the Declaration of Independence
His career and achievements
His death at Mount Vernon

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Short Biography of George Washington
Date of Birth: Born on February 22, 1732
Place of Birth : Westmoreland County, Virginia
Wife: Martha Dandridge
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Through several lines of ancestry, Washington can trace descent from English royalty.

1732

 

February 22: Born in Popes Creek Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father was Augustine "Gus" Washington (1693–1743) and his mother was Mary Ball Washington (1708–1789)

1749

 

Appointed official surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia

1753

 

French and Indian War: Washington given rank of major and he was sent to assess the strength of the French at Ohio Country Valley

1754

 

Washington received a commission as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Virginia Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Washington successfully attacked the French camp near present Jumonville
Lieutenant Colonel Washington built Fort Necessity but was forced to surrender it to overwhelming French and Indian forces

1755

 

July 9 Battle of the Monongahela: Serving under General Edward Braddock the troops were ambushed and defeated by the French and Indians
October: Governor Dinwiddie appoints Washington as commander in chief of all Virginia forces with the new rank of colonel

1758

 

Forbes Expedition: Successfully droving the French away from Fort Duquesne
Failed to secure a commission as a British officer and turned to working as a planter and politician

1759

 

January 6: Married Wealthy widow Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis. The marriage was childless but the couple raised her two children, John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis, from her previous marriage

1769

 

May: George Mason writes resolutions presented by George Washington to the Virginia House of Burgesses opposing taxation without representation

1774

 

Elected delegate to the First Continental Congress

1775

 

By this year Washington owned 6,500 acres at Mount Vernon, with over 100 slaves
April 19 Shots fired at Lexington and Concord where weapons depot destroyed - refer to
Revolutionary Battles
June 15: Appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army

1776

 

July 4: Signed the Declaration of Independence
September 16: Battle of Harlem Heights where Washington's army repulses British attack
October 28: Battle of White Plains force General Washington to retreat to the west pursued by Cornwallis
December 26: Washington crosses the Delaware River and captures a Hessian force (German mercenaries) at the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey

1777

 

September 11: General Washington defeated at the Battle of Brandywine

1778

 

June 27/28: The Battle of Monmouth occurs in New Jersey as Washington's troops and General. Clinton's troops fight to a standoff
July 8: General Washington sets up headquarters at West Point
July 10: France declares war against Britain

1779

 

August 14: A peace plan is approved by Congress stipulating independence and British evacuation of America

1781

 

October 19: The British army surrenders at Yorktown - a devastating effect on the British

1783

 

February 4: England officially declares an end to hostilities in America
September 3: The Treaty of Paris is signed by the United States and Great Britain
November 2: George Washington delivers farewell address to the army
December 23: Washington resigns his commission as commander-in-chief to the Congress of the Confederation.

1784

 

January 14: The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress and the American Revolutionary War officially ends.

1787

 

May 25: Elected President of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

1789

 

Unanimously Elected first President of the United States
April 30:Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States in New York City. He was addressed as "Mr. President"
June 1: President Washington signed the first act of Congress concerning the administration of oaths
Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs (now the Department of State)

1790

 

The first national census took place

1791

 

Congress imposed an excise tax on distilled spirits which led to the Whiskey rebellion
December 15: The Bill of Rights became law. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States guarantee basic liberties to Americans

1792

 

Congress established a national mint.

1793

 

Re-elected President of the United States
April 22: Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation to keep the United States out of the war between France and Great Britain

1794

 

The Whisky Rebellion
August 7: Washington invoked the Militia Law of 1792 to suppress the Pennsylvania farmers who refused to pay the federal whisky tax.
November 19: The Jay Treaty to maintain trade with Great Britain

1796

 

Published his Farewell Address which was issued as a public letter

1797

 

March: Washington returned to Mount Vernon

1798

 

July 4: Commissioned Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the new United States Army to serve as a warning to France, with which war seemed imminent.

1799

 

December 14: Died at Mount Vernon at the age of 67. He arranged for his slaves to be freed in his last will and testament

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