George Washington

By | Feb 22, 2007

George Washington was born on February 11, 1732. When England adopted the revised Gregorian Calendar in 1752, Washington honored his birthday on February 22 the date that February 11th would have fell had they adopted it before his birth.

The young George Washington made a list of 110 ‘Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.’ These rules were based on a 16th-century set of precepts compiled for young gentlemen. The rules mostly are concerned with details of etiquette, offering pointers on such items as how to dress, walk, eat in public and address one’s superiors.

Washington, at the age of 22, was involved in one of the first battles of the war known French-Indian War. During the war he raised to the rank of Colonel of the Virginia Regiment.

On January 6, 1759 he married Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Together they did not have any children, but they raised Martha’s two surviving children.

When fighting broke out in 1775, Washington appeared at the Second Continental Congress, dress in full uniform, announcing he was ready for war. When they created the Continental Army, he was named commander-in-chief after being nominated for the post by John Adams.

Washington College, located in Chestertown Maryland, is the only college with his name that he actually gave his consent.  He was even on their Board of Directors and gave financial support to them.  He is honored each year at the College with an annual Washington Birthday Ball on the Saturday nearest to February 22th.


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