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GEORGE WASHINGTON
Military Leader, Legislature, Surveyor, President
Born Feb 22, 1732 — Died Dec 14, 1799

 

Colonel, British Army1753 to 1758
Virginia House of Burgesses1759 to 1775
Continental Congress1774 and 1775
Commander in Chief, Continental Army    1775 to 1781
Continental Congress1787
President1789 to 1797

 

The "Father of our Country" was God's chosen man to lead America both during the War and in the period afterwards.

During the French Indian Wars, while serving in the British Army, an Indian Chief named Seneca directed fifteen of his best marksmen to do nothing but fire at Washington. After ten minutes he told them to stop. "A great Spirit guards that man. He will become the Chief of a yet unborn nation."

Unanimously elected President to two terms, he declined to serve a third term. He had hoped that Patrick Henry would accept the nomination to succeed him.

Washington was married to Martha Custis, a widow with two small children. It was a very satisfying marriage.

Washington was a strong Christian and in his Farewell Address he advised against foreign entanglements of any kind.

"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

"Let us with caution indulge that morality can be obtained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail with the exclusion of religious principles."

"The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, Ps 33:12
 
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