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George Washington (1732 - 1799)

By 1749, convinced that settlements were essential to controlling lands, the English colony of Virginia was promoting western expansion by offering speculators 1,000 acres for every family they could place. That year, at the age of 17, an ambitious George Washington was appointed as the Surveyor General for Virginia. He was hired by Virginia's greatest landowner, Thomas, Lord Fairfax, and was appointed Surveyor General by the College of William and Mary. The College was charged with the appointment of Surveyor General, as well as the examination and licensing of surveyors, and had been since February 8, 1693. Prior to that time the appointments had been made by the King of England. George Washington also became the first Registered County Surveyor in America, that same year (Culpepper County, Virginia). After three years, George Washington knew western Virginia as well as anyone and was well aware of its great value. For the next several decades, He pursued two intertwined interests, military arts and western expansion.
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