By nechemyah Levi
Short Biography of George Washington
Martha Dandridge Custis would become Washington’s wife and they would raise four children together, none being their own. With the agreement of marriage, Washington was given Custis’ dowry of a prominent amount of land, thereby ensuring his rank as an aristocrat landowner. Even though Washington enjoyed the posh lifestyle during this time, he would go on to lead one of the most important battles in the United States.
George Washington had great military prowess that the young American nation needed. He was to become the commander-in-chief of the armed forces in America’s War of Independence. Earlier in his life, he had commanded battles in the French and Indian War, which had given him uncanny military know-how, even when the odds were against him. He alone was responsible for holding all parties together throughout the war, signing treaties, making allies, and keeping communication open.
Washington was able to drive the British out of Boston – an amazing feat that brought the southern and northern 13-colony forces even closer together as they fought for one cause. He was defeated in New York in the Battle of Long Island. After several deafening losses, Washington staged a secret attack on Trenton and Princeton, where he defeated the British again, solidifying his place as one of history’s greatest military commanders.
During the war, Washington inoculated his troops to smallpox, which eventually made them immune. With the upper hand in fighting a prevalent disease of the time, Washington’s troops were able to fight as the disease spread through other infantries. It was his direct leadership, along with the aid of the French, which led to the Treaty of Paris giving independence to the United States.