General… President (our Country’s first)… George Washington’s reputation often resides in his role in the American Revolution…

As his eulogist famously noted, Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”

Washington’s leadership was a deciding factor in the defeat of the British, a first for the Empire ….

As our country’s first President — Washington set precedent of only serving two terms, began the tradition of having an inaugural address and by established a cabinet system that helped the Executive Branch both delegate responsibility and receive expert advice. His Farewell address called for political unity and cautioned against three interrelated dangers that Washington believed threatened to destroy the Union: regionalism, partisanship, and foreign entanglements.

Perhaps Washington’s Farewell address still has some good advice for today…..

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And while , dear Reader, you undoubtedly know all of this about G. Washington… did you know about his flower, the Lilium Washingtonianum?

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