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In his teens he attended various schools and learned mathematics and surveying which he soon put to practice.Thereafter he became a senior officer in the colonial militia during the first stages of the French and Indian War.When Washington was 6 years old his family moved to a home on Ferry Farm in Stafford County, Virginia near Fredericksburg.
He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution.
Augustine was a tobacco planter who also tried his hand at iron manufacturing, When Washington was 3 years old, the family left Popes Creek (the home was destroyed by fire in 1779) and moved to Epsewasson, a more prosperous plantation his father Augustine purchased on the bluffs of the Potomac.
Washington was one of seven surviving children of Augustine's two marriages, including older half-brothers Lawrence and Augustine (from his father's first marriage to Jane Butler Washington), and full siblings Samuel, Elizabeth (Betty), John Augustine, and Charles.
By 1794, Congress was divided between two parties, that had stemmed from a political-personal feud between Washington's two secretaries, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
He remained non-partisan, never joining the Federalist Party, although he largely supported its policies.