George Washington #1
First, George Washington served in the British army during the French and Indian war of 1753. For his service he got 30,000 acers of land in Ohio. He also tried to become an officer in the British army but was turned down. Now, imagine what if he had been accepted? Who then would of it been? The reason that Washington was elected General was because he was a good 6 inches taller than anyone in the Congress AND happened to be the only one in the room wearing a Military Uniform.
General Washington probably lost more battles than he won. However, we all remember an image of him sailing across the Delaware River to defeat the British army (actually hired Hessian) forces. This was in the morning of December 26th 1776.
Washington won the biggest battle that broke the back of the British. The British Navy sailed into the Chesapeake bay with the French Navy right behind them. That cut off their hope of escape. It got worse for them because the America Colonial Army was waiting for them. Somehow, General Washington knew the British were coming and that the French Navy was right behind the British. All Washington had to do was position his rag tag bunch of troops to capture the entire British fleet. The movement o f the Colonial al Army was funded by a gentleman named Robert Morris. A wealthy businessman who wrote personal checks to cover the cost of moving the army to the Chesapeake bay area.v
That is known as the battle of Yorktown where the American army caught all 7700 British Navy and Army soldiers. That, pretty much ended the Colonies war against the British.
The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.