"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." That's how a famous cavalry officer described George Washington, whose importance in U.S. history can hardly be overstated. On the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, Washington kept the American cause alive for six long years before finally forcing the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781. In 1789 he was elected the first president of the United States; in fact, he was the first head of state ever elected. If people the world over are familiar with the inspiring deeds of the adult George Washington, his childhood is less well known. This book provides some fascinating details. It describes Washington's very limited formal education, shows how his mother's opposition torpedoed a plan to send him to sea, and recounts his first surveying trip, a 1748 expedition over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Young students will enjoy this revealing look at a legendary American's formative years.
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