Built to Last
Among the many blessings this country has experienced, perhaps none compares with the group of men we call the Founding Fathers. That a few remote colonies with a combined population of less than three million could have brought forth so remarkable an assemblage of talent at their time of need is beyond astonishing.
In 1770 only a single American—Benjamin Franklin—was known outside the American colonies. By 1800, many Americans were known throughout the Western world. When King George III asked the portraitist Benjamin West what George Washington planned to do after the signing of the peace treaty in 1783, West replied that Washington intended to resign his commission and retire to Mount Vernon.
About the Author
John Steele Gordon writes regularly for Commentary and its blog.