George Washington

George Washington (1732–99) led the American forces against British rule during the American War of Independence and was the first president of the United States. Born to a slave-owning planter family in Virginia, and with military experience gained in the Seven Years’ War, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress. After the defeat of the British he resigned his military role to focus on politics, later being elected president. While he owned and dealt in slaves, he turned against slavery in later life.

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