George Washington was the first child of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. He birth took place in a modest home on a farm along Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington had numerous siblings, with several of them failing to reach adulthood.
Losing his father at the young age of eleven, George Washington faced life with the hardship of a shortened formative education, not uncommon at that time. He was self-taught from that point but always respected his strong-willed mother, who forbade him from joining the Royal Navy. He became a surveyor instead, developing an appreciation for his country and its westward expansion.
Tall of stature and being an over-achiever, Washington excelled in his role and won the confidence of his peers. His steady rise in rank and esteem placed him in leadership roles that were sharpened over the years. His stalwart character and faith in God’s providence took him through danger after danger. When the fledgling country looked for a leader, he was the obvious choice and garnished the only unanimous electoral college election when he became president of his country. King George III later called George Washington “the greatest man in the world” when Washington voluntarily walked away from power for the sake of principle. How many men have ever had their enemies heap such lavish praise on their foe?
George Washington shot a straight arrow for subsequent American presidents to follow. Abraham Lincoln had this to say about his predecessor, “Washington is the mightiest name of earth — long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name, an eulogy is expected. It cannot be. To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked deathless splendor, leave it shining on.” He was indeed a hero for the ages!
Here at George Washington Inn we are flying the flag, in honor of Washington’s birthday.