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George Washington - Life Timeline

Timeline of George Washington's Life

1732 (February 22) Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia
1749 Official Surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia
1751 Washington goes to Barbados
1753 Major Washington carried British ultimatium to the French in the Ohio River Valley
1754 Colonel Washington surrendered Fort Necessity in the French and Indian War
1755 (July 9) Colonel Washington was with General Edward Braddock when ambushed by the French and Indians.
1755-1758 Colonel Washington commanded Virginia's frontier troops.
1759 (January 6) Married Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis
1774 Elected delegate to the First Continental Congress
1775 Elected delegate to the Second Continental Congress
1775 (June 15) Elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army
1776 (July 4) The Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress.
1781 (October 19) Victory at Yorktown
1787 (May 25) Elected President of the Constitutional Convention
1789 Elected first President of the United States - the United States flag had 13 stars
1789 (June 1) Washington signed the first act of Congress concerning the administration of oaths.
1789 Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs (now the Department of State)
1789 North Carolina becomes a state.
1789-1799 The French Revolution ended absolute monarchy in France.
1790 Washington approved plans for the U.S. Capitol.
1790 The first national census took place - 3,929,214 people were counted over a period of nine months.
1790 Rhode Island becomes a state.
1791 (December 15, 1791) The Bill of Rights became law. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States guarantee basic liberties to Americans.
1791 The Cabinet held its first recorded meeting.
1791 Congress chartered the Bank of the United States.
1791 Congress established the District of Columbia.
1791 Vermont becomes a state.
1792 Congress established a national mint.
1792 Rival national political parties began developing in the United States.
1792 Kentucky becomes a state.
1793 Re-elected President of the United States
1793 (April 22) Washington issued the Neutrality Proclamation to keep the United States out of the war between France and Great Britain.
1793 (September 18) Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
1793 The cotton gin was invented. Led to mass production and increase of slave labor.
1794 The Whisky Rebellion brought the first test of Federal power. Washington sent troops to crush an uprising by Pennsylvania farmers who refused to pay a federal whisky tax.
1795 Washington signed the unpopular Jay Treaty to maintain trade with Great Britain.
1796 Tennessee becomes a state.
1796 Published his Farewell Address, refusing a third term.
1797 U.S. population was 4,900,000 in 1797 when Washington retired.
1797 The French Army under Napoleon drove the Austrians from Italy.
1798 (July 4) Commissioned Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the new United States Army
1799 (Dec 14) Died at Mount Vernon at the age of 67


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