At a Glance
Following his death in 1799, George Washington was eulogized as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countryman.” He remains a venerated figure, but is invoked as much as a symbol as a man. Washington was a proud Virginian, military leader, and the first President of the United States. In his lifetime, Washington became a hero unlike any other and, although he was very much of the eighteenth-century, he has much to teach us in the twenty-first. Join Louis Masur, author and professor, for the second in a series of three lectures on our Founding Fathers. In part two, you’ll learn about the first President, George Washington, and the lasting impacts of his presidency.