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  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 15, 1775

    George Washington

    Congress created the Continental Army

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Thursday Jun 15, 1775

    Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775, and Samuel and John Adams nominated Washington to become its commander in chief. Washington was chosen over John Hancock because of his military experience and the belief that a Virginian would better unite the colonies. He was considered an incisive leader who kept his "ambition in check". He was unanimously elected commander in chief by Congress the next day.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 17, 1775

    George Washington

    Washington appeared before Congress in uniform

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Saturday Jun 17, 1775

    Washington appeared before Congress in uniform and gave an acceptance speech on June 16, declining a salary—though he was later reimbursed expenses.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 1775

    George Washington

    He was commissioned on June 19 and was roundly praised by Congressional delegates

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 20, 1775

    He was commissioned on June 19 and was roundly praised by Congressional delegates, including John Adams, who proclaimed that he was the man best suited to lead and unite the colonies.




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