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Colonel Charles Washington

Charles Washington

Colonel Charles Washington (1738-1799) was an early settler in the area that would become West Virginia, and also a founder of Charles Town in Jefferson County. He was the younger brother of President George Washington and grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. He moved to the Charles Town area in 1780 after he inherited land from his half-brother, Lawrence Washington. Charles Town was established on 80 acres and was officially chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in October, 1786. Charles Washington and his brother, George, both died in 1799.

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