Edward III, King of England was an ancestor of George Washington. His claim to the throne of France began the Hundred Years War. He is also famous for having founded the Order of the Garter of knights. He married Phillippa of Hainault. He was the son of Edward II Plantagent, King of England, and was a descendant of William "the Conqueror" and Charlemagne. One of his sons was John of Gaunt from whom George Washington is descended.