1775, when the American War of Independence began, George Washington was chosen
to lead the American army. Washington knew his job would be difficult. The army
was small, The soldiers were untrained and had few guns. The British army was
large and strong. Its soldiers were very well trained.
battles showed Washington's problems. His army was easily defeated in the
Battle of New York. Then Washington thought of a plan. On Christmas night in
1776, he had his soldiers attack the enemy in the city of Trenton, New Jersey.
The enemy soldiers never expected an attack on such a night. They were having a
Christmas party. Washington won his first victory. Washington's army won the
final battle in Yorktown in 1781.
Washington was a great leader and was respected by all his men. He was not
interested in fame or money, but only in helping his country. There are many
stories about George Washington. Many are probably not true. The most famous
story, though, is about the cherry tree. It is said that young George cut down
his father's cherry tree. When his father asked who cut down the tree, George
confessed and said, "I cannot tell a lie."
1789 leaders from all the states met to choose the first president of the
United States. The vote was unanimous. Everyone voted for George Washington. He
became the country's first president, and is remembered as the "Father of