Letters purporting to be from Gen. George Washington casting doubt on the ability of Americans to defeat the British, and expressing regret in the declaration of independence, were forgeries. But they haunted Washington for the rest of his career. More.
A popular myth is that George Washington repeatedly turned down an offer to become king of America. In reality this did not happen. Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory, by Edward Lengel, punctures myths about Washington and highlights some of the burdens that national leaders, particularly presidents, carry. It's somehow reassuring that even … Continue reading Inventing the Myth of George Washington
Probably what has deterred me from more curiosity about George Washington is that he is so often portrayed as a plaster saint rather than a real live human with feet of clay. One cannot really appreciate his greatness without first recognizing his perceived faults. History for Dummies has a good summary of Washington's character flaws: "He … Continue reading George Washington’s Flaws Bring Him Down to Earth, to Real Life
Dec. 14, 1799: The excruciating final hours of President George Washington