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Early Life, Marriage, and Death

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February 22, George Washington is born to Augustine and Mary (Ball) Washington at Wakefield Farm, Westmoreland County, Virginia.

*1731 by the Old (Julian) Calendar, 1732 by the New (Gregorian) Calendar. The New Calendar was adopted by Great Britain and the colonies in 1752. To bring the calendar in line with the solar year, it added 11 days and began the new year in January rather than March.
At age 16, copies the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior."
March, begins career as surveyor in a venture to the Shenandoah Valley on behalf of prominent Virginia landowner, Lord Thomas Fairfax. Accompanies James Genn, surveyor for Prince William county, and George William Fairfax, the son of Lord Fairfax.
July, inherits rights to Mount Vernon plantation upon the death of brother Lawrence Washington.
November, leads Virginia expedition to challenge French claims to the Allegheny River Valley.
January 6, marries Martha Dandridge Custis, widow of Daniel Parke Custis. Washington assumes parental care of her children, Martha ("Patsy") and John Parke ("Jacky")
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Acquires additional lands near Mount Vernon and in the Ohio Valley. Diversifies agricultural production to include wheat as well as tobacco and reduces debts to British tobacco merchants. Expands and remodels house at Mount Vernon.

Begins fifteen years service in Virginia House of Burgesses from Frederick County in the Shenandoah Valley; in 1765 and thereafter from Fairfax County.
June 19 Martha ("Patsy") Custis, Washington's stepdaughter, dies of epilepsy.
December 14, Washington dies at Mount Vernon, of a throat infection, after making a tour of his estate on horseback in severe winter weather. Washington arranges for his slaves to be freed in his last will and testament.