My favourite historical figure – George Washington History is always inseparable from historical figures. History makes us recall them, their names and their famous events. George Washington, my favourite historical figure, was the commander in chief of the continental army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States. Born in Westmoreland Country, on Feb 22, 1732, George Washington was the eldest son of Augustine Washington. He spent his early years on the family estate on Pope’s Creek along the Potomac River. His early education included the study of mathematics, surveying, the classics and “rules of civility” In his teens, Washington was very playful and mischievous. One day, he was bored and went into his father’s garden and used an axe to cut down a tree. He found it very funny at first, buy after he realized that it was his father’s favouite cherry tree, he was very afraid and regretted what he had done. When his father came back, he was very angry. Despite great fear, Washington admitted that he had cut down the tree. After that, Augustine didn’t punished him, instead he praised him for his honesty. It took great courage for Washington to admit his mistake. We should learn honesty from Washington, too. In Washington’s life, he had come across the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. He took command of the troops surrounding British occupied by Boston during the American Revolution. Under the lead of Washington, the morale of the troop was raised and he had grown enormously in status during the war. At last, he won the battle. In 1789, he was unanimously elected to be the first American President. He acted carefully and deliberately after taking charge of the United States and was aware of the need to build an executive structure that could accommodate future presidents. Washington loved peace earnestly, but his policy of neutrality often angered the other administrator. So in 1797 he retired to be a happy old man. In Dec 14, 1799, his health deteriorated rapidly and he died at his estate. Although at the time he died, he was only 54, he had dedicated and devoted his whole self to the country. Washington’s diary was full of the dangers he had encountered and the difficulties of his journey of the 54 years. He was a considerate, peace-loving and honest person and during his lifetime, Washington had brought forward innovative changes in the history of politics. He will be remembered forever as a symbol of American virtue. By
Rachel Hui 2D (2005) Comment:
This writing has successfully highlighted the significant influence Washington had had in the history of America and the virtue he had upheld throughout his life.