George Washington is best known as America's first president. But he was much more than that. He fought against and defeated the British army in the War of Independence (1775 - 1783) and he helped to write the American constitution.
As a boy, Washington had an exciting life. He worked on his parents' plantation and learned how to plant tobacco and grow crops. He also loved to explore the wilderness, hunt for food and sleep in the open.
When Washington surprised the British army at Yorktown, Virginia almost 8,000 British soldiers gave up. The British king started to lose interest in the colonies and in 1783 the war ended. Washington and his soldiers had won America's independence.
In the following years George Washington and many other leaders helped to write a constitution for the new country. In 1789 , Washington was elected as the country's first president. Nobody was against him. He didn't want a second term but his friends convinced him that he was the best person for his country. In 1797, at the age of 65, Washington went back home to his farm. He died on December 14, 1799.
No other American has become more famous than George Washington. The nation's capitol was named after him. Many towns, streets, lakes and parks have his name. Even a state is called Washington. His portrait is on stamps and the one dollar bill.
George Washington - America's first president
The British surrender at Yorktown