Thursday, February 12, 2009

George Washington, Entrepreneur

I have a decent knowledge about Washington's political and military careers, but what I didn't know was that he was a highly successful businessman. Here's a fascinating article about his entrepreneurial ventures.

Washington's reputation suffered among historians of the previous century. I think that that's because he was self-educated and left behind few writings from which we may perceive a witty intellect. But he had a remarkable sense of prudence and intuition about the forces at work in Revolutionary period. And this was topped by a quite extraordinary physical courage. The American people were extremely fortunate to have him when we did.


larry said...

Fascinating . . . do know if the biography referenced ("The Unexpected George Washington" by Harlow Giles Unger) is a good one? Or do you have another one you would recommend? I have recently read Gordon Wood's bio of Franklin, and "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" by Joseph J. Ellis, and am just in the mood for early Federal period history, especially biography.

John said...

The Founding Fathers always make for good reading, although I haven't read anything book-length in quite a while.

Have you seen the movie "The Crossing"? Awesome Washington movie.