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       George Washington
       1732-1799
      
       George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and served as the first President of the United States of America (1789-1797). For his central role in the formation of the United States, he is often referred to as the father of his country.
      
       Washington was baptized into the Church of England. In 1765, when the Church of England was still the state religion, he served on the vestry (lay council) for his local church. Throughout his life, he spoke of the value of righteousness, and of seeking and offering thanks for the "blessings of Heaven."
      
       The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election; he remains the only president to receive 100% of the electoral votes.
      
       Washington proved an able administrator. An excellent delegator and judge of talent and character, he held regular cabinet meetings to debate issues before making a final decision. In handling routine tasks, he was "systematic, orderly, energetic, solicitous of the opinion of others but decisive, intent upon general goals and the consistency of particular actions with them.
      
       Washington died in 1799. He has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.


    George Washington on:    

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

    Topics: Affliction, Charity, The Heart

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

    Topics: America, Freedom

My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty. it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.

    Topics: Character

Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise.

    Topics: Character

It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.

    Topics: Character

A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.

    Topics: Character

Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.

    Topics: Compassion

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.

    Topics: Conscience

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

    Topics: Conscience, Fire

He must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligation.

    Topics: Faith, Gratitude

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

    Topics: Friendship

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.

    Topics: Friendship, Character, Men

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