The Life of George Washington: Studied Anew

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CHAPTER XV.

CONCLUSION.

Washington's Services and Influences--The Mystery That Grew Up about
His Moral Character--His Apotheosis as a Kind of Demi-God--His
Utterances Treated as Those of an Oracle--The Truth of History--
The Human Washington as Revealed in His Diaries and Correspon-
dence--His Power over Men--His Ideas and Ambitions--His Character
as a Moral Power--His Life an Evidence That Right Is Might.

IN sixty-six years between the birth of Washington and his death, the condition of his country had wholly changed. As we saw in the beginning of this biography, he was born in a farmer's family, on the frontier of a colony, itself insignificant in the empire of Great Britain. He died the first man in a nation which owed to him more, in the struggle from which its existence was born, than it owed to any other man. At the time of his death, it is a nation, with all the attributes of nationality, with its army, its navy, and its position among the nations of the world, a position well earned and everywhere respected. This position it owes chiefly to him.

After nearly one hundred years more, a certain mystery still attaches to a change so great, and many solutions of this mystery have been attempted

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface. iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Introduction. xiii
  • Chapter I - Boyhood and Education. 1
  • Chapter II - Early Manhood. 16
  • Chapter III - First Campaign. 37
  • Chapter V - War on the Frontier. 86
  • Chapter VII - Trouble with England. 137
  • Chapter VIII - Appointment as General. 160
  • Chapter IX - 1777-1778. 204
  • Chapter X - End of the War. 231
  • Chapter XI - Home Revisited. 263
  • Chapter XIII - The Constitution and Presidency. 311
  • Chapter XIV - Closing Years at Mount Vernon. 338
  • Chapter XV - Conclusion. 373
  • Index. 383
  • The Story of the Nations. *
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