First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity

First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity

by Edward G. Lengel


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The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business-all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington.

Using Washington's extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Later, as president, he helped establish the national economy on a solid footing and favorably positioned the nation for the Industrial Revolution. Washington's steadfast commitment to the core economic principles of probity, transparency, careful management, and calculated boldness are timeless lessons that should inspire and instruct investors even today.

First Entrepreneur will transform how ordinary Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823473
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 617,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edward G. Lengel is an American military historian and professor at the University of Virginia. He is the director of the Washington Papers documentary editing project in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is the author of General George Washington: A Military Life, which was a finalist for the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, and Inventing George Washington: America's Founder, in Myth and Memory.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Family Fortunes 7

Chapter 2 Love and Investment 37

Chapter 3 The Road to Economic Freedom 75

Chapter 4 Money: The Sinews of War 89

Chapter 5 Victory Without Peace 131

Chapter 6 An Estate Grows, a Nation Stumbles 143

Chapter 7 Building a National Economy: Washington's First Term 179

Chapter 8 Keeping the Peace: Washington's Second Term 215

Chapter 9 The Road Home 237

Conclusion 249

Appendix: George Washington's Estate Today 253

Bibliography 255

Notes 257

Index 269


Washington's Extended Neighborhood 6

The Mount Vernon Neighborhood 36

The Growth of Mount Vernon, 1754-1786 40

Washington's West 68

The World of President Washington, 1789-1797 178

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read if you're looking for more insight into Washington throughout his life. As a plus for any history buff, it wasn't a very dry read either, reading more like a continuous story. I also enjoyed the moments when I got to laugh out loud at a particular event or phrase that Washington had either said or thought. I liked it so much I let my Dad read it. Being a retired history professor, I am happy to report that he too thoroughly enjoyed the book.