George Washington, the first President of United States of America, was born on .
Pope's Greek Plantation in Westmorland County, Virginia, on February 22, 1732. When George .
was three years old, the Washingtons moved further up the Potomac River to another family tract. .
At the time, this plantation consisted only of a modest house and a few outbuildings surrounded .
by trees. " Later the sight of this magnificent home and exquisitely tended gardens, orchards, and .
croplands would be called Mount Vernon.
George's family moved again when he was six, this time to Ferry Farm another of .
George's father Augustine Washington's Properties. In 1738 George's half brother Lawrence .
returned from England, where he had been educated. Lawrence was the son of Augustine .
Washington's first wife who had died in 1729. Lawrence was a charming and sophisticated twenty .
year old who soon became George's idol.( Bruns 1987).
George was privately tutored. He showed interest and aptitude in reading, .
spelling and arithmetic. His early schoolbooks are filled with mathematical tables and notations on .
land surveying. Unlike Thomas Jefferson and other influential Virginians of his day, Washington .
neither attended college nor received any higher education. In fact, he was the only one of the .
nation's first six presidents who did not go to college. His main interests were more physical, he .
loved fishing. swimming, shooting and riding, later gaining a reputation as one of the best .
horsemen in Virginia. ( Davis 1975).
Only eleven years old when his father died, George was shuttled between the .
several Washington farms during his youth. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his .
brother Lawrence. Lawrence lived at the little hunting creek home which he had named Mount .
Vernon in honor of Admiral Edward Vernon, under whom he had served in the British Navy. .
Lawrence married Anne FairFax, the daughter of Colonial William Fairfax.