1. The Youth of George Washington

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Jessica E. Brunelle

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch1

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Brunelle, J. E. (2012) The Youth of George Washington, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch1

Author Information

  1. the University of Virginia, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935



  • George Washington's youth;
  • young Washington, desiring greatness;
  • Augustine's death, impact on George;
  • Washington's alternative, informal education;
  • young Washington's education, as that of a planter;
  • Washington, calling his education as “defective”;
  • diary entry, “Memorandum… Carry into Fairfax”;
  • the Fairfaxes, and George's dream of wealth, prestige;
  • George's behavior, as a “juvenile bravado”;
  • youthful drive, ambition, on the path of the military


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • List of Further Readings