Washington’s first biography… a lesson in character development

A recent republication of the first biography of George Washington reminds us that we should choose our words wisely.  The 1807 biography was the first to characterize Washington as “incorruptible,” and built the founding father’s gravitas for centuries of biographies to come.  The reverence that most Americans feel toward Washington can be attributed to his “pre-partisan” character, according to the Pittsburgh Gazette, but the frequent reminders – in the forms of biographies, eulogies and remembrance celebrations – are what solidified his mythos for all of us.  For Narratio Vitae, this is a reminder of the importance of well-considered narratives, since they have staying power well beyond our generation.

An excerpt from Washington’s 1807 biography appeared in the Pittsburgh Gazette and helped establish his popular character.

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