“The Father of our country,” George Washington was a man of various talents. He was a surveyor, a farmer, a researcher, a soldier, a businessman, a distiller and a gifted dancer. He was a man who could thrive in a formal gathering or on the frontier. He was a man of noted strength and ability. He’s also the man who refused to be king. He set the example for presidents by willingly laying down power after his second term. He did the same by handing control of his army to the Continental Congress at the end of the Revolution. He willingly and intentionally shed power at every opportunity, something our modern politicians could never fathom. In trying to become lesser, he only became greater.
We don’t focus enough on what made Washington great and that needs to change but on his birthday we offer this small tribute the the man who was “First in War, First in Peace, a First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”
Historian, self-proclaimed gentleman, agrarian-at-heart, & curator extraordinaire