The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president’s term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of George Washington, beginning with his childhood in Virginia. Information about Washington’s early careers as a surveyor and soldier are discussed. In addition, his family and personal life, as well as his retirement years as manager of Mount Vernon are highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Washington’s military service during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Washington’s political career as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses and the Constitutional Convention are discussed. Finally, students will explore key events from President Washington’s administration, including creating the first presidential cabinet, planning Washington DC, and creating a financial plan for the new nation. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students’ fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.