George Washington

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The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Washington's tendency to be down-to-earth. In Introverts, the dominant trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long horizontal line to represent this. Being able to keep track of things like the number of men and the supplies they would need contributed greatly to his ability to be a great leader.

The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Washington's rationality. In Introverts, the auxiliary trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a vertical line to represent this, because it is more evident than the dominant function. He was a strong leader and his tendency to be logical enabled him to keep a cool head during the many trials and difficulties he experienced in leading the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

1st President of the USA — Apr. 30, 1789 to Mar. 4, 1797

As the first president of the United States of America, George Washington was the only one to ....

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George Washington:
The Story

As the first president of the United States of America, George Washington was the only one to hold that office who was not a member of any political party. Refusing to run for reelection after serving just two terms, Washington started a trend that the next thirty presidents would follow, until Franklin Roosevelt began his third term in 1940.

Washington: The Guardian® Supervisor?

On his site Keirsey.com, David Keirsey asserts that George Washington was an ESTJ. Keirsey calls this the Supervisor temperament.

The following quote shows how Washington is a great example of Keirsey's Guardian® Supervisor temperament:

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
 — From his First Annual Address to both Houses of Congress, January 8, 1790.

After reading a detailed biography of George Washington — such as Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow — one learns he was very stoic and reserved. This additional research makes it apparent George was surely more introverted than Keirsey realized, and the portrait above reflects this.

Preserving Liberty

Like his fellow Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Washington realized that for the republic to survive, the people in control of it must be enlightened:

Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened. — From George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796.

Americans are fortunate to have a system of government created by a group of well-educated, reasonable, and sincere Founding Fathers such as George Washington. As the first president of the United States and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, his contributions to the subsequent success of the nation are undeniable.


More About Hamilton and Jefferson

There are stories about Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson on ArtsyVisions.com. There is also a fairly personal review of the books and videos used to create this and the other spiritual portraits of America's Founding Fathers on this site in Hamilton and Jefferson Were Both Awesome on tomhartung.com.

Hamilton and Jefferson were different in many ways — and these articles put their differences in a new perspective — so check them out today!


About This Portrait

This spiritual portrait is based on the book Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow, 2010.

Ron Chernow's biography of George Washington is excellent, and I recommend it highly!


More to Come...

I wrote the story above before reading Chernow's excellent book. Work on a new, improved story for President Washington that incorporates some of what I learned from it is in progress.

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