Journalist and historian Richard Brookhiser joins the National Constitution Center for a conversation about his new book George Washington on Leadership, showing how one man's struggles and successes over 200 years ago can be a model for the leaders of today.
From public health administrator to diversified agricultural businessman; from communicator to manager, Washington was a truly remarkable leader with modern sensibilities about commanding armies and building consensus- National Constitution Center
Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer, and historian. He is a senior editor at the National Review and columnist for the New York Observer.
Brookhiser is most widely known for a series of biographies of America's founders, including Alexander Hamilton, Governor Morris, and George Washington.
Richard Brookhiser, historian and author of George Washington on Leadership, describes the difficulties Washington faced after he was sent to lead the Continental Army, including the micromanagement of latrine location and maintenance.
Brookhiser explains that one of Washington's biggest challenges was building a disciplined fighting force out of a diverse group of volunteer militia.
Richard Brookhiser suggests George Washington would most likely have told President George W. Bush to "never take your hands off the wheel" and would have stressed the need to maintain a flexible military strategy.
George Washington, oil painting by Gilbert Stuart, c. 1796; in the White House.Scala/Art Resource, New York(born Feb. 22, 1732, Westmoreland county, Va.died Dec. 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Va., U.S.) American Revolutionary commander-in-chief (177583) and first president of the U.S. (178997). Born into a wealthy family, he was educated privately. In 1752 he inherited his brother's estate at Mount Vernon, including 18 slaves; their ranks grew to 49 by 1760, though he disapproved of slavery. In the French and Indian War he was commissioned a colonel and sent to the Ohio Territory. After Edward Braddock was killed, Washington became commander of all Virginia forces, entrusted with defending the western frontier (175558). He resigned to manage his estate and in 1759 married Martha Dandridge Custis (17311802), a widow. He served in the House of Burgesses (175974), where he supported the colonists' cause, and later in the Continental Congress (177475). In 1775 he was elected to command the Continental Army. In the ensuing American Revolution, he proved a brilliant commander and a stalwart leader, despite several defeats. With the war effectively ended by the capture of Yorktown (1781), he resigned his commission and returned to Mount Vernon (1783). He was a delegate to and presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention (1787) and helped secure ratification of the Constitution in Virginia. When the state electors met to select the first president (1789), Washington was the unanimous choice. He formed a cabinet to balance sectional and political differences but was committed to a strong central government. Elected to a second term, he followed a middle course between the political factions that later became the Federalist Party and the Democratic Party. He proclaimed a policy of neutrality in the war between Britain and France (1793) and sent troops to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion (1794). He declined to serve a third term (thereby setting a 144-year precedent) and retired in 1797 after delivering his Farewell Address. Known as the father of his country, he is universally regarded as one of the greatest figures in U.S. history.
The most famous picture of Washington was Washington wearing bhis Masonic apron and sash and broche, historians never mention the Masonic influence on Washington, and how Washington kept his Masonic vows and why the star of David is on the Washingtons presedentional seal seen everywhere, whitehouse to united nations Washington the great Masonic Man, just as his masonic friends, Jeffereson, Franklin and Adams, Why these american historians kleave out the Masonic history, that has great influence to day, Regan/Booth Bush Clinton all Masons. Washington not a good speaker but a great dancer, women lined up to dance with Washington.