Why did George Washington become a surveyor?

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He was a second son and wouldn't inherit from his father so he needed a profession. His father had him apprentice to a surveyor.
His father chose him for the apprenticeship. At this time a young man was not considered an adult until 21 years old so father's made decisions concerning the future of their children. Girls were married, the first born son inherited everything from the parents, and the second son was placed in a trade or apprenticeship. This is what happened to Washington. Surveyor was an honorable profession in the 1700's and his father was far sighted enough to figure out they were going to be needed. Washington avoided becoming a surveyor by becoming a British Officer in the French and Indian War. Which in turn, taught him skills that would be needed for the fight to come.
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