Happy Birthday to Founding Father George Washington
George Washington made his mark on our country as the first president of the United States and the man who led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War.
His impact on our burgeoning country earned him timeless, nationwide fame – if today’s children know any historical figure, it’s George Washington.
Who was George Washinton?
Washington was born on February 22nd, 1732, in Virginia. He was the oldest of five siblings, and he had many educational opportunities throughout his childhood – knowledge that became indispensable throughout his career as an important social and political figure.
At age 20, Washington became the head of one of Virginia’s most prominent estates after his half-brother and niece passed away. He believed farming was one of the most honorable professions, as it cultivated hard work and determination.
It was that same work ethic that, combined with his natural signs of leadership, enabled Washington to quickly climb the ladder of military ranks. Eventually serving as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, Washington lead the troops to victory, playing an integral role in securing our country’s independence.
Later, he was unanimously chosen as the United States’ first president. His strong reputation played a key role in the ratification of the new US Constitution. Without him, our country would not be where it is today.
A Commitment to Hard Work and Freedom
Washington truly had impeccable character, not seeking power for power’s sake, but rather to do what was right for the people and values he believed in.
At Mercury One, we embody these values – it is our mission to educate today’s youth about our country’s important history, so they can be better leaders themselves. Our humanitarian and disaster relief efforts help to restore the human spirit across the world.
The Meaning of a Lock of Hair
Technology at the time of Washington’s life would have made it extremely difficult for people to take a photo with him or get his autograph. Instead it was much more likely for someone to ask the famed politician for a lock of his hair.
Although it may seem strange in today’s world, collecting and exchanging locks of hair was actually very common in our country’s early days.
Saving hair as a keepsake is a tradition that dates back centuries among many groups of people and civilizations – since hair does not decompose, it was seen as the perfect, long-lasting memento.
In the 1700s it became particularly common to gift jewelry that contained a carefully woven lock of hair that was viewable through a small window in the locket or brooch. The Mercury One Collection has a small locket containing the braided hair of our very own first president, George Washington.
Experience History for Yourself
If you’re a student between the age of 18-25 we’d love to have you join Mercury One and WallBuilders for the Leadership Training Program summer sessions. During LTP you’ll have your own opportunity to see, hold, and learn about historical artifacts like George Washington’s lock of hair. We’d love to see you there!
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