Lawrence Washington inherited another family property from his father, a plantation on the Potomac River at Little Hunting Creek which he named Mount Vernon, in honor of his commanding officer, Vice Admiral Edward Vernon.
George inherited Ferry Farm upon his father's death and eventually acquired Mount Vernon after Lawrence's death.
His retirement from office after two terms established a tradition that lasted until 1940 and was later made law by the 22nd Amendment.
While no evidence exists of a sexual affair between the two, Washington wrote Sally love letters even after she had married.
George spent much of his boyhood at Ferry Farm in Stafford County near Fredericksburg.
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.
In battle, however, Washington was sometimes outmaneuvered by British generals with larger armies, yet was always able to avoid significant defeats which would have resulted in the surrender of his army and the loss of the American Revolution.
After victory had been finalized in 1783, Washington resigned as commander-in-chief rather than seize power, proving his commitment to American republicanism.
Washington was of primarily English gentry descent, especially from Sulgrave, England.
His great-grandfather John Washington immigrated to Virginia in 1656 and began accumulating land and slaves, as did his son Lawrence and his grandson, George's father Augustine.
Washington's Farewell Address was an influential primer on civic virtue, warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars.