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February 22 is the 278 birthday of the first President of the United States, George Washington. All of the photos above were taken in Federal Hall National Monument, in Manhattan, New York, where on April 30, 1789, George Washington, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.
I was inspired to learn more about George Washington after blogging about the American Revolutionary Battle Of Brooklyn, and Fraunces Tavern where he made his farewell address to the Continental Army after the revolution, and also Federal Hall in Manhattan, New York, where he was sworn in as the first American President. I recently read this excellent biography of George Washington, written by Joseph J. Ellis. This scholarly and succinct biography revealed much about Washington's humanity, his kindness and compassion. It also revealed the issues he struggled with in his early life, in his years as Commanding General during the American Revolution and his two terms as President, while stripping away the many myths that surround his life and presidency. The biography is an excellent introduction to the life and times of our first President and I highly recommend it.
One of the facts I found the most fascinating in the biography was that beginning with Washington's presidency, efforts were made by detractors to conduct a smear campaigns. Many tried to discredit his intellect, his morals and his even his sanity! I was surprised to learn that even in the earliest days of America's two party system, infighting and partisanism were the unfortunate byproducts of politics.
An exhibit in Federal Hall
"If after all my humble but faithful endeavors to advance the felicity of my Country and mankind, I may indulge a hope that my labours have not been altogether without success, it will be the only real compensation I can receive in the closing of life." - George WashingtonThe more I learn about George Washington the more he has become among my favorite Presidents. As the centuries pass may our country never forget how fortunate we were to have this man of outstanding character among our Founding Fathers.
I am linking this post to Mary at The Little Red House blog's "Mosaic Monday" event. Please visit Mary's blog to see her pretty vintage green and silver mosaic and links to other blogs participating today.
I'll be busy catching up today after a weekend away from my computer watching the Olympics! Congratulations to all the outstanding athletes! This has been a very exciting Winter games and our friendly neighbors to the north in Vancouver, Canada, are excellent hosts.
I also want to introduce my new "grand dog," a "Golden Doodle" (part Golden Retriever part Poodle) named Biscuit, who was a birthday present to my son from his loving wife.
Did you ever see a more adorable face? Welcome to the family Biscuit!