The First of Men: A Life of George Washington

By John E. Ferling

Written via John Ferling, considered one of America's best historians of the innovative period, The First of Men deals an illuminating portrait of George Washington's lifestyles, with emphasis on his army and political career.

Here is a riveting account that captures Washington in all his complexity, recounting not just Washington's typical sterling qualities--courage, undefined, skill to make tough judgements, ceaseless striving for self-improvement, love of his relatives and loyalty to friends--but additionally his much less popular personality flaws. certainly, as Ferling exhibits, Washington needed to triumph over many unfavorable features as he matured right into a chief. The younger Washington was once accused of ingratitude and sure of his letters from this era learn as though they have been written by way of "a pompous martinet and a whining, petulant brat." As commander-in-chief of the Continental military, he misplaced his mood greater than as soon as and indulged flatterers. Aaron Burr stumbled on him "a dull, colorless person." As president, he usually believed the worst approximately person officers. Ferling concludes that Washington's character and temperament have been these of "a self-centered and self-absorbed guy, one that considering formative years had exhibited a delicate self-esteem." And but he controlled to gain almost each grand layout he ever conceived. Ferling's Washington is pushed, fired through ambition, envy, and goals of reputation and fortune. but his management and personality galvanized the yank Revolution--probably nobody else can have saved the struggle going till the grasp stroke at Yorktown--and helped the fledgling state take, and live on, its first unsteady steps.

This impressive paperback makes on hand once more an unflinchingly sincere and compelling biography of the daddy of our country.

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GW to Clinton, Sept. 14, 1791, WW, 31:369. 28. GW to G. Morris, Dec. 17, 1790, ibid. , 31: 174; GW to Humphreys, July 20, 1791, ibid. , 31:320; GW to Jefferson, Mar. 6, 1792, ibid. , 31:501; GW to Pierce Butler, Aug. 10, 1789, ibid. , 30:379; GW, “Proposed Address,” Apr. [? ], 1789, ibid. , 30:303. 29. GW to R. H. Lee, Dec. 14, 1784, ibid. , 28:12. 30. GW to the Cherokee kingdom, Aug. 29, 1796, ibid. , 25:193–94. GW to Duane, Sept. 7, 1783, ibid. , 27:133–40. 31. GW, moment Annual tackle, Dec. eight, 1790, ibid. , 31:166; GW to St.

Washington labored holidays into his time table while attainable. He and Martha sometimes slipped away to Eltham, Burwell Bassett’s property at the Pamunkey, no longer some distance faraway from the White condo. At different instances the family members made the four-to-five-day trip around the mountains to Berkeley Springs, the nice and cozy water springs the place Lawrence vainly had sought a treatment. Washington stumbled on the summer time warmth militated by means of this setting, and with a cook dinner and servants in tow he got here the following usually, living for as much as six weeks in a cottage that George Mason, his Potomac neighbor at within reach Gunston corridor, kindly made on hand.

Simply after Christmas they despatched a petition to Congress, a memorial written via Henry Knox, that defined their grievances in regard to pay, and which for the 1st time expressed their willingness to forego the half-pay scheme in go back for an identical one-shot money money at war’s finish. fifty six The officials’ petition used to be like manna from heaven to these legislators who were suffering opposed to insuperable odds to magnify the powers of the crucial govt. to fulfill the officials’ calls for will require extra profit, and that may be garnered in basic terms via a brand new investment approach.

H. Lee, Aug. 2, 1789, ibid. , 30:369; GW to Craik, Aug. eight, 1789, ibid. , 30:396; Freeman, GW, 6:214–15; Maclay, magazine of Maclay, 341. thirteen. McDonald, Presidency of GW, 37–38. 14. GW to Lincoln, Aug. eleven, 1789, WW, 30:379–80; GW to Bushrod Washington, July 27, 1789, ibid. , 30:366. 15. Hamilton to GW, Mar. 10 and Nov. 25, 1785, Oct. 11–15, 1787, Syrett and Cooke, Papers of Hamilton, 3:598, 635–36; 4:280–81; GW to Hamilton, Oct. 18, 1787, WW, 29:290–91. sixteen. GW to G. Morris, Oct. thirteen, 1789, WW, 30:443; Dumas Malone, Thomas Jefferson and his Time, 6 vols.

At the contents of GW’s artwork assortment, see Flexner, GW, 4:356–70. eight. GW to Anderson, Jan. eight, 29, Feb. five, Apr. 7, 1797, and Feb. 6, 1798, WW, 35:352–53, 377–78, 384; 36:154; GW to Lewis, Jan. 26, 1798, ibid. , 36:141; GW to Wm. Augustine Washington, Feb. 27, 1798, ibid. , 36:172–73; Niemcewicz, less than Their Vine, a hundred. nine. GW to Fitzhugh, might 30, 1798, WW, 36:278; Parkinson, GW: assertion of Parkinson, sixteen, 18, 24. 10. GW to Anderson, Feb. 6, 1798, Oct. 1 and Dec. thirteen, 1799, WW, 36:153–55; 37:382–85, 473–74; GW to Lawrence Lewis, Sept.

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