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WASHINGTON

WHERE may the wearied eye repose,

When gazing on the Great;
Where neither guilty glory glows,

Nor despicable state?
Yes, one, the first, the last, the best,
The Cincinnatus of the West,

Whom envy dared not hate,
Bequeath the name of Washington,
To make man blush there was but one!

- BYRON

WEBSTER

Take him for all in all, he was not only the greatest orator this country has ever known, but in the history of eloquence his name will stand with those of Demos. thenes and Cicero, Chatham and Burke. — LODGE.

INTRODUCTION

I

GEORGE WASHINGTON

GEORGE WASHINGTON was born on February 22, 1732, at Bridges Creek, Westmoreland County, Virginia, in the homestead of his father, Augustine Washington, beside the wide waters of the lower Potomac River. His ancestor, John Washington, had come from England to America in 1656. The family shared in the prosperous life and growth of Virginia; and, when Washington was born, his father owned more than five thousand acres of land, and was acquiring wealth in the directing of mining and commerce. The father died in 1743, leaving to his eldest son the best part of the estates, including Hunting Creek, afterward named by the heir Mt. Vernon; and to the other surviving son of his first marriage the lands about Bridges Creek. George Washington,

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