George Washington: A Biographical Companion available in Hardcover
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- ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
This encyclopedia offers an A–Z retrospective of George Washington's life, career, and historical significance, based in large part on Washington's own words and those of his contemporaries.
George Washington dominated his era like few other Americans. Yet the complexity of the historic events he was involved in and the sheer magnitude of his correspondencethe most voluminous in colonial Americacan be overwhelming for researchers.
The goal of this volume is to make the larger-than-life figure of George Washington accessible to modern researchers. In its 200 entries readers will discover a detailed and surprising portrait. Washington was not a cold, aloof, and unknowable man, but was extremely convivial by nature; a general who commanded the Continental army without pay but was a better administrator than military strategist; a man of deeds whose appearance was, according to one contemporary, "truly noble and majestic;" a man known to his contemporaries for his complete honesty.
• Includes people who played a seminal role in Washington's life: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, John Hancock, Robert Dinwiddie, James Rumsey, and others
• Explores Washington's many business interests: distillery, fisheries, Great Kanawha tracts, Mount Vernon, surveying
About the Author
Frank E. Grizzard, Jr., is director of the Lee Family Digital Archive, an effort to create an online repository of the collected papers of the Lee Family, in Charlottesville, VA. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Jamestown Colony.