Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

George Washington: A Biographical Companion

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

George Washington: A Biographical Companion

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LIVES & LETTERS

George Washington: A Biographical Companion, by Frank E. Grizzard, Jr.

It would seem that we have little to learn about the most important American of the 18th century, especially if we have read Freeman, but we were wrong. Indebted to the riches uncovered by the Washington Papers "factory" at the University of Virginia, Grizzard's deftly selected and prepared entries, a selection of Washington's writings, and other appendices tell us a great deal more about the man and the events, the interests, and the families (kindred, Revolutionary, presidential) that comprised his life. Jefferson concluded that although Washington's intellect was not of the very highest order, he had qualities of greater importance that set him above all other men. Extraordinary judgement, presence, complete honesty and integrity were among them. He is almost without peer in the world's history for his exceptional personal restraint in the face of a temper and temptation. …

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