We all know that George Washington was our first president, that he “could not tell a lie,” and that he supposedly had wooden teeth (he didn’t). However, to us, he seems to be a distant figure; more monument than man. He is as familiar as the one dollar bill, but even there he looks old and grumpy. Is this the real George Washington?
You might be surprised to find out that his contemporaries saw him very differently… They knew him as a warrior of the highest order. This episode takes a closer look at the real George Washington; you may be surprised to find that he consistently plunged himself headlong into battle, making him the first American action hero.

General George Washington

Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the books:

George Washington’s Portrait on the One Dollar Bill

The song played during the outro is “How Could Washington Be A Married Man and Never Tell a Lie?” by M.J. O’Connell.

Year of Release: 1917
Album: Edison Blue Amberol 3086

The scene referenced from Ben-Hur:

The comparable clip with George Washington, played at the end, is from the 1959 film John Paul Jones, scene begins at 54:18.

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One comment on “Ep. 1: The First American Action Hero (George Washington)

  1. I am watching the Netflix Series Turn which I find riveting. After listening to your Washington episode twice, I wanted to get your take on their Washington character. First, I don’t think he is gray enough, second, seems a little off, doesn’t have an idea on what to do next, not as commanding as I expected.

    great podcast keep up the good work

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