George Washington. A Life by Willard Sterne Randall

By Willard Sterne Randall

George Washington is the human tale of a guy who became an impoverished early life and the common humiliations by the hands of a mom he feared and the British generals he famous right into a profession of uprising and production. while he had tired and approximately bankrupted his allies, Washington disbanded the triumphant military he had cast, giving existence to democratic govt. George III as soon as acknowledged that if Washington might surrender strength, he could be the maximum guy of the eighteenth century. And Washington did. two times. right here, from award-winning historian Willard Sterne Randall, is the human tale of America's Founding Father.

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There was silver on the table, but it was mostly spoons. When Lawrence came home from England, he brought George's younger sister Betty a gift from Uncle Joseph. " Now the Washington could serve: tea in the latest English fashion. An inventory of King George County taken in the early 1740s shows how typical the Washington household was among the second rank of Virginia plantations. The walls were painted and a mirror hung in the entry hallway. There were two tables for meals and eleven leather-bottomed chairs arranged around them.

While John was ashore, the Sea Horse blew aground during a storm and began to sink. Washington man aged to repair and refloat the ship, but most of the tobacco was waterlogged and had to be jettisoned. His inheritance lost, John Washington decided then and there not to return to England. While ashore, he had met an elderly planter-exporter named Nathaniel Pope who latched on to the young Englishman as just the right bridegroom for his daughter. Here was the son of an Oxford don who knew the European tobacco markets!

George Washington's last English forebear, Lawrence, was fifteen when Sulgrave Manor was sold off in 1616. He, had to leave the land and find some other respectable livelihood — the clergy or the military — or, all else failing, become a lawyer or merchant. But most of these required a university education. His great-uncle and uncle had gone to Oxford, where, at seventeen, Lawrence enrolled in Brasenose College. He arrived at Oxford's high-water mark of enrollment. An unprecedented proportion of young Englishmen, many with little or no money, were matriculating during Oxford's brief democratization.

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