George Washington, Manufacturer

Fascinating piece in today’s Washington Post about the financial records of George Washington being examined by historians, “Washington: First in War, Peace — and Accounting.” With a good reminder:

As thoroughly researched as the life of Washington has been, his career as a warrior and statesman has largely overshadowed his entrepreneurial history. He was the CEO, in effect, of a farming, manufacturing and real estate operation that by the end of his life encompassed more than 50,000 acres of field and forest. Farms, fisheries, weavers, smithies, a grist mill, a distillery — these were just part of the Washington empire.

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