“I am once more seated under my own Vine and fig tree, and hope to spend the remainder of my days—which in the ordinary course of things (being in my Sixty sixth year) cannot be many—in peaceful retirement, making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the Earth.” —George Washington, letter to James Anderson, April 7, 1787 George Washington served as commander-in-chief on the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, the president of the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution, and America’s first president. To his own generation and to those that followed, he is the father of our country—“the hero, the patriot, the sage of America…the man on whom in time of danger, every eye turned and all hopes…