The presidency was not an office that Washington sought. For years, he had longed to return to Virginia and pursue life as a country farmer. But he was the most obvious choice; Washington possessed all the virtues that the Founders agreed were necessary to lead the country. He was a national hero and was a beloved son of Virginia, then the largest state in the Union. When the British surrendered in 1781, and one of his officers suggested that he use his standing as the victor of the Revolution and commander of the Continental Army to assume a military dictatorship, Washington rejected the idea with horror. This shirt celebrates George Washington's legacy as a great leader and visionary.
Read our article on George Washington in our history blog.
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