Essay about George Washington

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George Washington
Leadership Paper

Abstract
George Washington was the first leader of the United States; he was a leader in the military for the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. While a lot is known about his accomplishments it seems more like destiny and/or fate for his place in history. His upbringing and military battles all are more associated with luck than skill. Discussed in the following is a history and story of an unlikely leader.

George Washington
Washington left behind a undeniable record of military and political achievement. He was not a great field commander, but he learned from his mistakes. Politically, he proved remarkably intelligent at understanding the will of Congress. As a human being,
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2009). In the belief that the Crown was denying colonial Americans their rights as Englishmen, he supported the resistance movement and served as a delegate to both the First Continental Congress and Second Continental Congress.
The Known Start of His Military Legacy
After war began at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, he was appointed to command the new Continental army, when John Adams nominated him for the post. Washington was recognized by his military experience, dignified attitude, sense of command, and his reputation as a man of character and high principles. Moreover, as a Virginian, his role as a commander of troops in New England, where the war began, would help bind his colony to the rebellion.
Washington assumed command of the Revolutionary army in June 1775 and surrounded Boston with thousands of recruits, reinforcing a siege that had begun in April. However, the British retained possession of Boston until spring 1776; Washington ended the stalemate with the seizure of Dorchester Heights, which compelled the British to evacuate Boston (1). In August the British landed an army of more than 30,000 men commanded by General William Howe near New York City. In a series of contests, beginning with the Battle of Long Island, Howe

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