Smart Towns: The Genius of George Washington
Presented by: Dr. David Greer
George Washington is rightly remembered as the “indispensable man” of the American founding, famous for both exercising and renouncing authority. As commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and precedent-setting first U.S. president, the “father of his country” was admired by both contemporaries and later generations, by foreigners as well as countrymen. And yet he also was and remains difficult to fully know and explain—the very definition of an enigma. What was it about Washington that made him such an effective leader, the most trusted figure in America and a standard by which other world leaders would come to be measured? What, indeed, was his “genius”?