Happy Washington’s Birthday, Everyone! May the General always remain first in the hearts of his countrymen.
General Washington never penned an autobiography, nor did he allow anyone else during his lifetime to write a biography about him. He considered it the ultimate immodesty. In his own words,
“”…Though I prize, as I ought, the good opinion of my fellow citizens; yet, if I know myself, I would not seek or retain popularity at the expense of one social duty or moral virtue.”
“…The confidence and affection of his fellow Citizens is the most valuable and agreeable reward a Citizen can receive. Next to the happiness of my Country, this is the most powerful inducement I can have to exert myself in its Service.”
Legend has it Lady Washington had a Japanese Fruit Pie (a staple at the Ivory Spring household) made for the General for one of his birthdays. Click here for the recipe.
Have a lovely day and week!
p.s. Some have wondered why the title General was used for Washington even though he was President. He preferred being referred to as “General” rather than “President” – another indication of his modesty, and grounded view of one’s life, accomplishments and destiny (in my opinion as a closet historian).