George Washington was a war general for a country called "British America". Spoiler alert; it would later become the United States. Once everybody got tired of Great Britain ruling over this country, they decided to fight them. Even though fighting is bad, somebody needed to stop the mean policies put in place by Britain. Britain was selfish and didn't really care about what the Americans wanted. In heroic fashion, George Washington led his country to a victory, and they declared independence (on July 4, 1776). Later, hey renamed the country "The United States of America". Because everybody was so happy with what George Washington accomplished, they wanted him to be King. However, a king rules over a country, having all of the power. Washington thought this was too harsh of a position, so he chose to be the President. The president has less power and lets the people decide more on what to do. This was an amazing example of being humble. Because of George Washington, we all have a say in how to make our country better. George was married to Martha Washington, and eventually died in 1799.
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General- a commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank
Policies- an overall plan, principle, or guideline
Independence- freedom from control or influence of another or others
King- the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth
President- the highest executive officer of a modern republic
Humble- having or showing a modest or low estimate of one's own importance
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