George Washington Is Appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress

When the British failed to respond to the grievances presented by the First Continental Congress, Washington was again elected as a delegate to the planned Second Continental Congress.  Prior to attending the Congress, Washington had organized and been named commander of the militia for Fairfax County, Virginia as counties throughout Virginia began organizing militia units in response to the battles of Lexington and Concord.  Washington was soon also named commander of the militia of a number of neighboring counties and eventually as commander of the militia for all of Virginia.  As such, he ordered a new uniform for himself which he wore to the Second Continental Congress which met beginning on May 10, 1775.  At the Congress, he was named to all of the committees involving in making war preparations with the British.  As such, when it was time for the Continental Congress to name a Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, John Adams nominated George Washington and Washington was unanimously elected.

~ by americanpresidents on March 13, 2010.

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