George Washington was born and died in Virginia, was home-schooled, and had early work as a surveyor. In Washington's early years, he fought alongside the British in the French and Indian War. After the war he resigned and became a planter and politician. He later became the commanding General for the Continental Army, leading to an American victory. He had a short-lived retirement at Mt. Vernon. He was persuaded to attend the Constitution Convention and was elected President of the Convention. His support convinced many to ratify the Constitution. In 1789 the Electoral College unanimously elected George Washington as the first President of the United States. John Adams became his Vice President after receiving the second highest number of votes. Washington reluctantly took the position. He wanted to retire to a quiet life, but wanted the best for his new country.