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22nd February
written by Sean Noble

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting; correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private charter gave effulgence to his public virtues.” –John Marshall, official eulogy of George Washington, delivered by Richard Henry Lee, 1799

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  1. Woody

    David McCoulough’s “1776” should be required reading in every high school. Understanding what Washington did in those most challenging times would help all Americans measure their own conduct and that of anyone running for political office. He will always be the Gold Standard for American leadership. Thanks for the reminder, Sean!

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