I intended to get this up yesterday for Washington's birthday, but...
This excerpt is from the essay "President George Washington" in the Leaders and Success Section of Investor's Business Daily, 2/21/06:
"George Washington aimed to grow into greatness. And safeguarding the accuracy of his legacy would help chart his path.
So from the time he was 14 years old, he "deliberately preserved every scrap of paper belonging to him, including diaries, letters sent and received, accounts and other day-to-day transactions," said Paul Johnson, author of "George Washington: Founding Father."
Johnson said that Washington (1732-99) wanted to show "the offices he held were undertaken from duty, and not pride." "
Ah, the irony. I showed this to my boys and they didn't get it, but I can just see young George in his room, sans powdered wig, feeling all self-important and misunderstood. LOL!