“Then He Shall be the Greatest Man in the World,” King George III

George Washington280 Years ago, today, in Virginia was born the world’s most famous farmer, at least since Cincinattus, himself. He would grow up to be a military officer under Gen Braddock (one of the few to survive), a Commander in Chief, and a President. He would resign his power twice, first as Commander-in-Chief of the Army and then as President when he chose not to run for a third term.

He was held in such esteem by his countrymen, for his character and rectitude, that they would willingly have made him their King. It was upon this occasion that when King George asked what he would do, that the Ambassador to Court of St. James  replied, ” He will return to his farm”. King George replied of his former enemy “Then he shall be the greatest man in the world.”

I’m sure by now that you all know you I’m writing about: George Washington. The Senate wanted to address him as: “His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties.” Luckily, the far more plebian “The President of the United States” was decided on.

My friends over at Grassroots in Nebraska had much to say about Washington as well.

George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

February 20, 2012 Posted by Shellinda under Featured, Founding Fathers, History

Americans have only relatively recently begun to refer to the third Monday in February as “Presidents’ Day”, including us. It turns out that the holiday has always been and is still officially designated Washington’s Birthday. Click HERE to read more on the subject.

George Washington was actually born on February 22, 1732. While facts reported by Linda support the argument that he wasn’t technically America’s first president, Washington’s courage, principles, dignity, and comportment reveal a “noble character for after ages to admire,” an example that is sadly lacking in modern America.

General George Washington Resigning His Commission, John Trumbull

Many scholars of American history are urged to read George Washington’s Farewell Address to the nation, a speech he gave at the conclusion of his eight years as President just prior to his departure from the Capitol to return to Mount Vernon. It is a speech worthy of its fame.

However, Washington gave an earlier speech — a more abbreviated “farewell” address — upon resignation of his commission as Commander and Chief of the Continental Army at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. In many ways, it was a speech that defined, in the eyes of the world, Washington the man more than any other public remarks he made during his career. It is the source of the maxim that Washington was, indeed, a man that could have become king but refused that office.

Read their entire article and Thank God that such a man set the precedents of the President of the United States.

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