George Washington (GW) is often a name and face that most everyone knows but we don’t often think of him as a real person. He looks anything but manly on the dollar bill, with his powdered hair and lace trimmed shirt, but GW was considered the manliest man most had ever seen and he was 6′ 2″!! His military career began with his involvement with the Virginia militia, including a notorious mission he undertook to deliver a message to the French in the Ohio Valley. Several years later, he was given command of the Virginia militia forces due to his heroism. He resigned in 1758 and returned to his home, Mount Vernon. He married a rich widow, Martha Custis, later that year.
GW was born into a mildly prosperous Virginia farming family in 1732. After his father died when George was eleven, George’s mother, Mary, a tough and driven woman, struggled to hold their home together with the help of her two sons from a previous marriage. Although he never received more than an elementary school education, young George displayed a gift for mathematics. This knack for numbers combined with his quiet confidence and ambition caught the attention of Lord Fairfax, head of one of the most powerful families in Virginia.
While Washington focused on his farming for the next few years, he also became involved in politics. He was elected as the first
president of the United States in 1789. GW laid the foundations for the role of a president during his first term; he served a second
term. He refused a third term, and retired to Mount Vernon in 1797; he died two years later.
A lifelong church goer, GW believed that God had a special purpose for his life. His charity towards others is also well documented. Before leaving his estate in Mount Vernon he was quoted “Let the hospitality of house with respect to the poor be kept up. Let no one go hungry away…..provided it does not encourage them in idleness.” (Interesting quote, esp. in light of the current administration)
GW could have became a king, there was talk of naming him the King or dictator of America. The liberty of millions depending on one man. He knew there was something even greater than power. He gave up a sure thing to do the right thing, and today he is deservedly regarded to be one of the greatest heroes in the history of the world.
Shared by Doug Ross
Next week William Wilberforce