The Washington You Don’t Know (told in GIFs)

George Washington was …

… Principled

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Washington was held in such esteem after winning the Revolution that many expected him to become King. He refused, instead returning to his farm. The “Father of our Country” never wavered in his commitment to ensuring Americans’ liberty.


… A warrior

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Washington fiercely defended his people from foreign threats. In retaliation for the murder of a patriot, he made his British captives draw straws, and when an innocent teenage redcoat drew the unlucky straw, he condemned the young man to death, setting off an international incident.

 … A master of espionage

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Washington could tell a lie – he told a great many of them. In fact, his mastery of deception was pivotal in fooling our enemies and paving the way for the underdog Americans to defeat the mightiest empire on earth: Great Britain.

 
… A political genius

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Washington was not our best general – he lost more battles than he won. But Americans did not need a brilliant tactician, they needed someone to serve as the moral compass of the nation. Out maneuvering his political foes, he united the country’s many factions around the patriotic cause.


… Aloof

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At one point during the Constitutional Convention, Hamilton dared a fellow delegate to slap Washington on the back and greet him like a friend. Not taking kindly to displays of familiarity, Washington pulled his hand away, giving the man an icy glare for a long couple minutes as the other delegates squirmed with embarrassment.


… A poor speaker but great dancer

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Washington’s dentures garbled his speech and he despised public speaking. However, he was very athletic and graceful, which helped him not only in riding horses on the battlefield but also in dancing with the ladies in the ballroom.

 
… Foresighted

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Washington predicted that his actions would define our nation for centuries to come. That is why they took such careful notes - he and his team of scribes produced a whopping 140,000 documents during the war. Foreseeing his writings’ value to posterity, he checked virtually all of the scribes’ work and held each document to exacting standards.


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