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George Washington
First President of the United States

1732 -1799

He was, indeed, in every sense of the words,
a wise, a good and a great man ...

                                                                              —Thomas Jefferson



George Washington was born at his father's plantation on Pope's Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia on February 22, 1732.

For nearly 20 years Washington helped shape the birth of a nation. He served as commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, as president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution, and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States. As President, Washington successfully solved many problems, transforming the "plan" of the Constitution into a "working" government.

The following description of Washington was written after his death by another founding father, Thomas Jefferson:

"His mind was great and powerful ... as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion ...

"Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw doubt, but, when once decided, going through his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed.

"His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known ...

"He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man ... On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect ... it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great ..."

One of his officers, Henry Lee, summed up contemporary public opinion of Washington:

"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

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  • Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation - Author: Richard Norton Smith

    A gripping story of politics and statecraft, here is a dramatic portrait of George Washington in his presidential years. In his eight years as president, Washington would need every ounce of his countrymen's well-known adulation as he presided over a government torn by factionalism and still threatened by European imperialism.

    Click here to purchase this Paperback edition of "Patriarch"


  • Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship that Saved the Revolution - Author: David A. Clary

    Clary documents the relationship between the "father" of our country and the nineteen-year-old Lafayette, a French aristocrat who becomes a national hero in both America and France. This narrative history, that outlines Lafayette's role in the America Revolutionary War and in the French Revolution, is history at its best.

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  • George Washington on Leadership - Author: Richard Brookhiser

    Lessons in leadership drawn from the plantation, military and political career of George Washington.

    CLICK HERE to purchase this Hardcover edition of "George Washington on Leadership"


  • Citizen Washington: A Novel - Author: William Martin

    The premise of this historical novel is that George Washington has just passed away. A young man named Christopher Draper is challenged by his newspaper publisher uncle, to find out about Washington's real nature. Consequently, Draper goes in search of people who can tell him what they thought of America's first president. Draper interviews Jacob (a slave at Mount Vernon), Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and even Martha Washington. This is an authentic and absorbing fictional account.

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Article written by Robin Chew - February 1996