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George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site

 
 
George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 5, 2008
1. George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site Marker
Inscription. On July 24, 1758, at the first Frederick County Court House on this site, Colonel George Washington, age 26, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. This was the first elective office of the young commander of Virginia's forces here to guard her western frontier.

Colonial election procedure was quite different from today's secret ballot at a convenient polling place. On Election Day, Sheriff, Justices, candidates and voters gathered at the County Court House here. As each eligible voter's name was called, he stepped forward and vocally proclaimed his choice. Clerks recorded the vote and the candidate bowed in appreciation of the voter's support.

At the July, 1758, election young Col. Washington could not be present because he was commanding Virginia's troops then poised for attack upon Fort Duquesne. His campaign manager, Col. James Wood, stood in his place.

In May 1761 Col. Washington was elected to a second term as Burgess from Frederick County. In 1789 he was elected President of the United States.

Thus, George Washington's political, as well as his military, career began here on Virginia's western frontier during the ten years in which his activities centered about old Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia.
 
Erected by Frederick County.
 
Location.
Plaque to the Left of the Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 5, 2008
2. Plaque to the Left of the Entrance
39° 11.066′ N, 78° 9.897′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Loudoun Street and Rouss Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Loudoun Street. Click for map. Located at the front of the Frederick County Courthouse. Both Loudoun and Rouss streets are closed to vehicle traffic around the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel James Wood (a few steps from this marker); Lord Fairfax (a few steps from this marker); Frederick County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Taylor Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob H. Yost Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A View of Winchester in 1745 - The Four Public Lots (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Rouss City Hall Historical Tour (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PersonsPolitics
 
The County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 5, 2008
3. The County Courthouse
This courthouse replaced the earlier log courthouse at which George Washington's political career began.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,517 times since then and 225 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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