George Washington has been described as a man of character, conviction, and vision. He was resolute in defending the freedoms of this country. Due to his affinity to writing, we have access to many documents that contain his thoughts and feelings on various topics. Some basics about this great man (click here for source):
- "As commander of Virginia's militia in the French and Indian War (1755-58), Washington learned how to organize an army of about 1,000 men. Although he made mistakes, he learned a great deal, particularly about recruiting and training men and supplying them with food, clothing, guns and ammunition. Others praised his 'method and exactness' in overseeing the details of military operations.
- Washington successfully ran and built up his Mount Vernon plantation into a large business. He divided the plantation into five farms, each of which had a separate overseer who was responsible for that farm, and also managed an active fishery where fish were caught, salted and shipped throughout the colonies and overseas. His farm shops, blacksmith and flour milling in particular, provided services to farmers in the locale....
- Washington applied the managerial skills he used in running his farms to organize and lead the Revolutionary Army, which numbered about 10,000 men, and later set up the new federal government as first president.
- Washington inspired confidence through his fairness and consideration. He promoted military officers and government officials on the basis of merit, not friendship or social standing. By 1788, he had promoted African American slaves to top positions as overseers of his five farms.
- He was very disciplined, placing his principles and civic responsibilities before his own needs, and brought forth the same qualities in others."
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." - George Washington