Those two sobriquets are just a sampling of the many honorifics afforded Washington both during his lifetime and as his legacy grew. You might be surprised to know that some of the early biographies of Washington were poorly drawn and in some instances created or stoked a mythology that has continued through today, such as the cherry tree incident, wooden teeth, and his "vision" at Valley Forge. But Washington's actual achievements outstrip all fictional characterizations. In this Blog, we'll discuss some of his earlier accomplishments.
The young George Washington managed to overcome relatively modest beginnings and rise to a stature that has reached across the ages. Born in the second marriage of a small Virginia landholder, a nearly cosmic chain of events helped bring George Washington to the forefront of Virginia society - the platform from which he launched his career. These events include a succession of early deaths (father, male siblings), failure in love, finding a wealthy benefactor, making a successful marriage, exploiting political connections and finally profiting from a string of near catastrophic failures.
|Young Martha Custis|
|Virginia Governor |
|Serving as Aide to General Braddock in 1755|
of the Virginia Militia
The post-war period in America once more relegated Washington to a local figure who focused his efforts on farming and land dealings, while dabbling in petty Virginia politics. But after the French and Indian War Washington also began a period of political reflection that grew him in intellect and gravitas. As the struggle with the mother country began to loom over the colonies, Washington's early exploits, successes as well as failures...would eventually lead to his acclamation as commander in chief of the Continental Army in June 1775.
|His Excellency, George Washington,|
was proclaimed commander in chief of
the Continental Army