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George Washington was the man accountable for bringing tremendous prosperity to the American Revolution. Due to his dauntless image, many of his characteristics have gone overlooked. Washington's ingenuity lay in his grasp on both military and political power. His understanding of power was unparalled when compared to his accomplices,and this was illuminated in his dexterity to take command. It has become quite apparent that Washington's mastery of power allowed America to win the revolution and placed the new country on its way to achieving the International and Domestic power that Washington himself had quested to attain.

George Washington was born Februrary 22,1732 in Westmoreland County Virginia.

Washington had inherited much more than a good mind and a strong body. He learned morals,

manners, and respect for God. He also persued two intertwined interests, military arts and

westward expansion. At 17 years old, Washington began traveling across rivers, mountains,

and Indian trails to isolated parts of Virginia.

(www.whitehouse.gov/history) At the age of 21,

Washington had become the owner of his father's Mount Vernon fields due to his brothers death

and began fighting intrepidly in the French and Indian War. Washington has often been described

as a romantic. He married Martha Curtis in 1759 who was a wealthy widow with two children.

In 1775, Washington served as an aide to General Braddock, in this time he was nearly killed,

but his ability to survive would result in his tremendous popularity amongst Americans.


During Washington's time with Braddock he became very ill. He suffered from smallpox

and malaria. Braddock was ambushed by the French and their Indian allies and it was up to him

to rally the troops. This debacle caused much criticism, but it enhanced Washington's reputation

at the age of 23, Washington was promoted to colonel and commander of the...