George Washington

Abigail Adams, early in the fight for independence and growing anxious in their noble cause, wrote to her husband that, “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” She was most definitely not referring to George Washington.

George Washington is, by most any reckoning, the only indispensable man in American history. Physically imposing and a head taller than nearly all his contemporaries, the American leader was a “rock star” before there was such a thing. He was an athlete and a warrior – a statesman, gentleman, sage, and the very personification of virtue, all wrapped into one. He was John Wayne, Indiana Jones, and Joe Montana amalgamated. If that sounds like an exaggeration, perhaps you haven’t truly made his acquaintance.

Washington’s exploits were every bit as heroic in real life as Wayne’s and Indiana Jones’ were in fiction. His physical prowess and iron resolve were unmatched, as his friends and enemies alike would attest. There has never been a man like him nor is there likely ever to be again. We owe him no less than our freedom – and that is but a part of the ledger.