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How do you think George Washington’s sportsmanship and chivalry propelled him into a leadership role and what specific character traits burnished his reputation as the world’s greatest 18th Century man?

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  1. Marina Barrionuevo

    I think his sportsmanship and chivalry were the result of his upbringing. His mother inculcated in him thrifty, economic habits. This involved recording every aspect of the farm life. The harsh, farm life instilled in George a strict routine and discipline that, later on, would benefit his career in the militia. His older half-brother, Lawrence influenced George’s love for the army.
    These specific traits he possessed were envied by many of the other Founding Father: discipline, courage, prudence, temperance, humility and sense of justice.

    • psmucker

      Hi Marina. I believe you are correct to focus on George’s upbringing. In many ways it was a school-of-hard-knocks with his father dying when he was just eleven. His mother, by evidence we’ve uncovered, was a great lover of horses and riding, which likely contributed to George’s own love and abilities. However, we are sure that she was obsessed with manners and proper comportment as well. George appears to have obtained both is stoic outlook on life and his admiration for good manners from his mother, Mary. Thanks for your comment and I look forward to your ideas upon reading the book as well. Cheers, Philip

  2. Mary Bennett

    Virginia was an outpost of England in those days and it would seem that the upper levels of society emulated their British cousins .. George Washington would have been seen as the embodiment of a proper Englishman and gentleman soldier.
    Cheers to you!

  3. David Loving

    Like so many men, George was formed by his mother. Discussing this idea with my two brothers, we agree that any good and positive qualities we have are from Mom. “Riding With George” handles this issue very well. It’s good to see how our greatest President came to be.

    • David Loving

      Thanks. George’s mother, who inherited three riding horses by the age of 16, was instrumental in George’s love of riding and horses, in general. His mother, though stern and demanding, appears to have given him a great deal of character strength. Phil

    • psmucker

      I don’t say that he was the “greatest man” in the 18th Century” — as far as I recall. He became one of the most famous, which is a point one could argue, but I don’t recall saying “greatest man.” I may have overlooked something, however.

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