My Favorite President: George Washington

Monday, February 20th, 2012

“I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.” — George Washington

George Washington wins the best president sweepstakes. Why? Because he could have had absolute power, it was offered to him, and he went home to Mt. Vernon to live out his days as an American citizen instead.

Our current presidents seem intent on gathering more power to themselves. George Washington provided a good example of NOT doing that.

Some trivia here:

  • Washington was the only Founding Fathers to free his slaves.
  • He was the only president who did not live in Washington D.C.
  • The nation’s capital, along with 1 state, 31 counties and 17 cities (Maybe 18 counting the town of “George,” in central Washington State) are named in his honor.
  • As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it’s growth. (In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization. It was many years later that the recreational and illegal use of marijuana became popular.)
  • As a farmer, he is credited with introducing the mule to America.
  • He was the first Mason to serve as president.
  • He was the only president to win a unanimous vote of the Electoral College.
  • Washington’s 2nd inaugural address was the shortest ever delivered – 135 words.
  • Teach your kids about George Washington. He probably gets a paragraph in school.