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Now They’re Going After George Washington! ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Domestic Policy, England, Heartwarming, History, Literature, Military, The United States | Tags: , , )

Activists are demanding of the Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, that she change anything in her city that is related to George Washington, (Father of our Country) be removed, torn down, re-named etc. because George Washington, our acclaimed first president, once owned slaves. Whether this demand includes changing the name of the city is […]

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A Search For The Real George Washington ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Freedom, History, Military, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: , , )

The George Washington that most of us see most often is the engraving after the Gilbert Stuart portrait on the one dollar bill. Reproductions of the Gilbert Stuart portrait and a portrait of Abraham Lincoln used to hang on the front wall of every elementary classroom when I was growing up, with an American flag […]

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The Indispensable Man: A Search for the Real George Washington ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Freedom, History, Military, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: , , )

The George Washington that most of us see most often is the engraving after the Gilbert Stuart portrait on the one dollar bill. Reproductions of the Gilbert Stuart portrait and a portrait of Abraham Lincoln used to hang on the front wall of every elementary classroom when I was growing up, with an American flag […]

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February 22 is George Washington’s Real Birthday, Not Some Ginned Up “President’s Day” ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Art, England, Freedom, History, Military, The United States | Tags: , , )

Imagine, you just turned 43 years old, and suddenly you find yourself Commander in Chief of a ragtag American army, such as it was. The battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill had already been fought when Washington arrived in Massachusetts, and had established that the British could not break out of Boston. Once Washington […]

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Today is the Real George Washington’s Birthday ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Art, History, Military, Politics | Tags: , , )

That’s why we left the header up for the last two days. The picture at the top is a great deal more what George Washington looked like than the familiar image on the dollar bill. That was a dirty trick played by portrait artist Gilbert Stuart. In the days before photography, we had to rely […]

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The Indispensable Man: A Search for the Real George Washington ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Free Markets, Freedom, History, Military, The United States | Tags: , , )

This portrait of George Washington is by Charles Wilson Peale.  Be sure to click on the links to the forensic reconstructions, which is the whole point of this post: (A search for the real George Washington) The George Washington that most of us see most often is the engraving after the Gilbert Stuart portrait on […]

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February 22 is George Washington’s Real Birthday, Not Some Ginned Up “President’s Day” ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Freedom, History, Military, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: , , )

Imagine, you just turned 43 years old, and suddenly you find yourself Commander in Chief of a ragtag American army, such as it was. The battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill had already been fought when Washington arrived in Massachusetts, and had established that the British  could not break out of Boston. Once Washington […]

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Lessons For Obama, From 1793: George Washington Wrote: ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, History, National Security, Regulation, Taxes, The United States | Tags: , , )

George Washington’ fifth Annual Message to Congress, was delivered on December 5, 1793, in written form. Speeches in those days had to be shouted, if there was a crowd — no microphones, no teleprompters — so President Washington’s Messages to Congress, even including his famous Farewell Address, were written, not spoken. There are a number […]

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February 22 Is George Washington’s Real Birthday. ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Freedom, History, Military, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: , , )

 Imagine, you just turned 43 years old, and suddenly you find yourself Commander in Chief of a ragtag American army, such as it was. The battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill had already been fought when Washington arrived in Massachusetts, and had established that the British  could not break out of Boston. Once Washington […]

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George Washington’s Fifth Annual Message to Congress: ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Foreign Policy, History, Taxes, The United States | Tags: , , )

In the aftermath of President Obama’s incoherent fifth State of the Union address this week, it is perhaps worth looking back to the experience of earlier presidents. George Washington’ fifth Annual Message to Congress, was delivered on December 5, 1793, in written form. Speeches in those days had to be shouted, if there was a […]

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July, 1776 — General George Washington — New York ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Freedom, History, The United States, United Kingdom | Tags: , , )

Washington had been named Commander in Chief by the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia in June 1775. He was forty-three years old. There was not yet any American army for him to command, only the militias ringing Boston, but the delegates of the increasingly rebellious colonies were seized by  fury for action and for […]

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George Washington’s Annotated Constitution is Going Home. ( By: The Elephant's Child | Filed under: Education, Freedom, History, Law, The United States | Tags: , , )

George Washington’s personal, annotated copy of the Constitution was sold at auction this week, for $9,826.500. The really good news is that it is going home to Mount Vernon. It was part of Washington’s original private library , and the book will again be housed at the historic Virginia estate as part of the collection […]

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