In the normal course of events, George Washington would have become an Oxford don, following in the footsteps of his English ancestors. Washington – a descendant of King Edward III through his paternal grandmother - was robbed of a university education by a revolution in England a century before he was born. Had there been no English Civil War in the 1640s, his family would never have left England.
George Washington became the most important – and beloved - man in America, the one on whom the fate of his countrymen and women depended. He commanded the Continental Army, presided over the Constitutional Convention, and held the highest office in the land as the first president of the United States. Yet, there is much that is little known about him. Here’s his surprising story.