First in war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and enduring scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting… His last scene comported with the whole tenor of his life—although in extreme pain, not a sigh, not a groan escaped him; and with undisturbed serenity he closed his well-spent life. Such was the man America has lost—such was the man for whom our nation mourns.
Eulogy by Congressman Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee
February 15, 2016 was Presidents’ Day in the United States. Serendipitously, my page-a-day Gallery Calendar 2016 presented me with a handsome young George Washington, painted by Samuel King. This prompted me do a mini-research project on the many faces of George Washington.
Today marks George Washington’s 284th birthday. We will never know the exact detail of his face; but we have the ability to view him through eyes of artists.