George Washington

Early Career

How did Washington enter the military?

Washington’s brother Lawrence held the title of adjutant general for the colony of Virginia. When Lawrence died, Washington asked Robert Dinwiddie—the colony’s lieutenant governor—for his brother’s former position. Lord Fairfax assured Dinwiddie that young George was the best person for the position. Dinwiddie acquiesced and twenty-one-year-old George Washington became a major.


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