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William Fairfax was Lawrence's father-in-law and the cousin of Virginia's largest landowner Thomas, Lord Fairfax, and he was also a formative influence.George spent much of his boyhood at Ferry Farm in Stafford County near Fredericksburg.He was born on February 11, 1731, according to the Julian calendar and Annunciation Style of enumerating years then in use in the British Empire.The Gregorian calendar was adopted within the British Empire in 1752, and it renders a birth date of February 22, 1732.
He oversaw the creation of a strong, well-financed national government that maintained neutrality in the French Revolutionary Wars, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion, and won wide acceptance amongst Americans.
In that command, Washington forced the British out of Boston in 1776 but was defeated and nearly captured later that year when he lost New York City.
After crossing the Delaware River in the middle of winter, he defeated the British in two battles (Trenton and Princeton), retook New Jersey, and restored momentum to the Patriot cause.
Augustine was a tobacco planter who also tried his hand at iron manufacturing.
Six of George's siblings reached maturity, including older half-brothers Lawrence and Augustine (from his father's first marriage to Jane Butler Washington), and full siblings Samuel, Elizabeth (Betty), John Augustine, and Charles.
In his youth, he became a senior officer in the colonial militia during the first stages of the French and Indian War.