Timeline Description: George Washington was a very influential figure in American history. He is most famous for becoming the first president of the United States. He is also credited for his role in the American War of Independence. Learn more about George Washington by looking at his timeline of important events.
|1732||George Washington was born
Washington was born on February 22nd in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
|1753||French and Indian War
George Washington was given the rank of major in this war. His job was to see how strong the French were at Ohio Country Valley.
|1755||Battle of Monongahela
This battle happened on July 9th. Washington was serving under General Edward Braddock. The troops were ambushed by the French and Indians. Washington was appointed commander in chief of all Virginia forces.
Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6th. They did not have children together, but Martha had two of her own from a previous marriage.
On April 19th shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. George Washington was appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.
|1776||Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th.
|1778||Battle of Monmouth
This battle took place on June 27th and 28th in New Jersey. Washington sets up headquarters at West Point on July 8th. On July 10th, France declares war on Britain.
A peace plan is approved by Congress stipulating independence and British evacuation of America on August 14th.
George Washington was unanimously elected as the first president of the United States. He took the oath of office on April 30th in New York City. He was addressed as "Mr. President."
|1791||Bill of Rights
On December 15th, the Bill of Rights became law. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States guarantee basic liberties to Americans.
On April 22nd, Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation to keep the United States out of the war between France and Great Britain.
On August 7th, Washington invoked the Militia Law of 1792 to suppress the Pennsylvania farmers who refused to pay the federal whiskey tax.
|1799||George Washington died
George Washington died at Mount Vernon on December 14th. He was 67 years old. In his last will and testament he arranged for all of his slaves to be freed.