George Washington

A Biographical Companion

by Frank E. Grizzard, Jr.


In this first encyclopedic work devoted exclusively to George Washington, the range of subjects discussed is not limited to the conventional inquiries into Washington's roles as military leader and first president, but includes much about his personal and family life, his landholdings and business dealings, and his many correspondents.

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May 2002


Pages 437
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics American History/General
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This encyclopedia offers an A–Z retrospective of George Washington's life, career, and historical significance, based in large part on Washington's own words and those of his contemporaries.

George Washington dominated his era like few other Americans. Yet the complexity of the historic events he was involved in and the sheer magnitude of his correspondence—the most voluminous in colonial America—can be overwhelming for researchers.

The goal of this volume is to make the larger-than-life figure of George Washington accessible to modern researchers. In its 200 entries readers will discover a detailed and surprising portrait. Washington was not a cold, aloof, and unknowable man, but was extremely convivial by nature; a general who commanded the Continental army without pay but was a better administrator than military strategist; a man of deeds whose appearance was, according to one contemporary, "truly noble and majestic;" a man known to his contemporaries for his complete honesty.


  • Includes people who played a seminal role in Washington's life: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, John Hancock, Robert Dinwiddie, James Rumsey, and others
  • Explores Washington's many business interests: distillery, fisheries, Great Kanawha tracts, Mount Vernon, surveying


  • The first encyclopedia devoted exclusively to George Washington
  • An excellent reference for students learning about both history and the craft of biography
  • Covers not only Washington's military and political careers, but also his personal and family life, his business dealings, and his correspondence
Author Info

Frank E. Grizzard, Jr., is director of the Lee Family Digital Archive, an effort to create an online repository of the collected papers of the Lee Family, in Charlottesville, VA. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Jamestown Colony.



"[A] well-written and highly accessible reference tool."American Reference Books Annual

"[I]n the only encyclopedic works devoted to these presidents entries for people, events, and concepts are presented in an accessible A–Z format. Authoritative. . .these attractive volumes would work for students at the high-school level and up."
[Combined review of Andrew Johnson and James Polk in the Biographical Companions series]Booklist

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