George Washington had extensive experience leading troops prior to becoming general of the American army. He served in the British military from 1753 to 1758, commanding forces during conflicts with Native Americans on behalf of Great Britain. As a result, he developed strong leadership skills that were coveted by those who would later become founding fathers.
In addition to his experience leading troops, George Washington also had an established reputation as a skilled leader. He had developed relationships with many leaders throughout Virginia and beyond which helped him gain trust among those who would eventually choose him as general of the American army. It is said that Benjamin Franklin described him as “the great man on whom all eyes are now turned.” This admiration from one of our Founding Fathers help bolster Washington’s reputation and led to his selection as general by Congress in June 1775.
George Washington was chosen as General of the American army because he possessed both experience leading troops and an established reputation for being an astute tactician. His leadership was instrumental in ultimately securing independence from Great Britain and establishing our country’s foundation for future generations to come. For these reasons, we can understand why this Founding Father is often referred to as “The Father of Our Nation” today.