Mary Ball Washington — What to know about the mother who created the father of America
By Newt Gingrich (original source Fox News)
“In 1783, after leading the United States to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington could have made himself a monarch, even a dictator. As commander of the army, he could have consolidated power under his authority, as so many military leaders have done throughout history.
Instead, Washington voluntarily resigned his military commission and went home to Mount Vernon. He wanted to live a quiet life as a private citizen. An incredulous King George III of Britain summed it up well when told of Washington’s plans: ‘If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.’ We should all be thankful for Washington’s unmatched character.
We should also be thankful for Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, who raised her eldest son to become one of the greatest leaders in history. Mary played an indispensable role in forming George’s character.”
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