Impressive Facts About George Washington And His Personal Life

Referred to as the “Father of His Country,” George Washington began his life as an English citizen and went on to be named the first President of the United States. Coming from humble beginnings, Washington proved to be an extremely ambitious man, slowly rising through the ranks of the British and later Patriot armies. In 1775, he was named the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, winning decisive battles and defeating the British in the American Revolutionary War. Washington was far more than just a skilled tactician and politician– take a deeper look into the life of the man that the United States wouldn’t have existed without.

No One Will Ever Outrank Him In The US Military

Military Rank
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In 1976, George Washington has posthumously named the highest rank in the United States military. According to Air Force Magazine, “When Washington died, he was a lieutenant general. But as the centuries passed, this three-star rank did not seem commensurate with what he had accomplished. After all, Washington did more than defeat the British in battle. Along the way, he established the framework for how American soldiers should organize themselves, how they should behave, and how they should relate to civilian leaders.”

So, in 1976, he was named the General of the Armies of the United States, and nobody will ever outrank him.