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George Washington, America’s First Blogger

By Rich_Maloof Jul 3, 2012 2:50PM

Photo: Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesVolumes have been written about George Washington, the father of our nation —  many of them, it turns out, by George Washington himself. Whenever he found a little time off from commanding regiments, crossing rivers and ratifying constitutions, the original George W. liked to log his random thoughts. History may remember him best as the nation’s first president, but he also deserves an honorary Webby for being America’s first blogger.

NPR has jumped on this story as well, albeit 236 years late. Their own blogger, Nicolas Esguerra, notes that archived content reveals more about GW than most of us ever knew. You always hear blah-blah-blah about his leading the Revolutionary War and organizing the Constitutional Convention (yawn), but seldom does anyone mention what a wiz he was at filling out expense reports. It didn’t get past the sleuths at NPR, though, who found the jpeg proving that on July 4th, 1776, Washington expensed the cost of a broom. Looks legit, too, though it could be a product of NPR’s liberal agenda.

A deep dive into the Library Of Congress turns up some 65,000 documents generated by George between the years of 1741 and 1799. That averages out to around 21 posts per week, enough to give any lesser blogger a serious case of carpal tunnel. He started young — the first entries were filed around age 9, indicating that he was logging in before he was old enough to hold an axe — though G. Dub didn’t go daily until he was in his late twenties.

It’s tough to make every post a killer when you’re so prolific, and Washington was busy enough that we can forgive him for leaving the big stories to published writers. When he was really slammed, he went for tweet-length blasts instead (“If you can’t find it in the Book of Ezekiel look for it in Israel” — ohno he just di-int!). GW wasn’t so much a HuffPo-type blogger as he was into personal and social commentary. He wrote about fruits and flowers, taking rides on horseback, and occasionally threw a shout-out when a girl caught his eye (pre-Martha only). With a refreshing clarity that bloggers and modern politicians have yet to master, he defined years of entries under the single title Where & How my Time Is Spent. He was also kind of a weather nut, if you’re into that, though historians believe he never got his RSS feed working right.

George Washington’s entire archive is still available online, and followers have chimed in with a ton of other material, like letters to his mom and to his bud Thomas Jefferson, and his farewell address. Blogs like these can often come across with an inflated sense of self importance, but in the case of GW, he was right.

12Comments
Jul 4, 2013 6:59PM
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if they could only see how far our country has fallen....  the apithy of the american people along with the greed and power struggles of the power elete has brought this country to the brink of disaster.
Jul 4, 2013 11:04AM
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Of course on my comment, Truth, which they hate, they'll but it in the worst no doubt, but notice no one can reply!  No one can like.  These are who are running our press -- ya think they believe in our freedom of speech, hell no look they got tabs with their need of power to rule over what we say, look at it "newest" "oldest" "now that's blah blah blah!
Jul 4, 2013 10:59AM
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Ya know this could have been a nice article if it weren't for the fact the person who wrote it is not a journalist, nor has he any belief in our accomplishments or our freedoms or even respect of what the 4th of July means to us as American and I can assure you it is not: "You always hear blah-blah-blah about his leading the Revolutionary War and organizing the Constitutional Convention (yawn)," And refers to George Washington, probably the most ardent general ever to serve in our armed forces as the first "the original George W."  I couldn't and I wouldn't mention "George  W" (George W Bush) in the same sentence with George Washington.  No "George W" not George Washington.  Where's our respect for our history, Perhaps this day would be a good day for many of us  to read "The Crossing" by Jack R. Levin?  Maybe if we didn't see our history as being blah, blah, blah, we wouldn't have made the mistakes of putting non professionals in professional jobs.  The first blogger, George Washington kept a diary so did Adams, Jefferson, Franklin and a lot more of our foundering fathers.  This is the 4th of July it is assigned the day of commemorating of independence from a tyrant King George!  I didn't see George W. cross any frigid waters in a small row boat, I didn't see George W on any horse watching people die, I didn't see George Washington playing along with any politician or doing any favors for anyone, he led our country to its greatness and these liberals have torn it down in their nonchalant tearing down and distorting our history.  They have already erased most of our records from that period but far from you to know anything about that oh no.  We wonder if he wrote about hemp fields he cultivated?  A lie. let him prove by fact and not more bogus press we see here.  Let him prove what he said.  Then we got the one coming up with the genuis idea that George Washington was the ninth President!!!! Stop it.  God Blessed America the day George Washington mother gave birth to him and their were other mothers, Mrs. Paine, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Jay, and the list goes on and on.  This news station should delete this story especially on today. But I don't think they will, they hate our history they hate us -- yeah, we know. 
Jul 5, 2012 1:42PM
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i wonder if he writes about the extensive hemp fields he cultivated for market.but mention of that would not cast a favorable light on the first father seeing how a natural plant has been grosely misrepresented and perverted into being illegal...
Jul 5, 2012 9:03AM
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Poorly written article... it could have been interesting but instead was just drivel.

 

Jul 5, 2012 8:25AM
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George Washington was the ninth president of the USA, not the first.  He was the first four year per term president and the first under the new Constitution that replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Prior to Washington, the other presidents served one year terms.

It just kills me how little people know of their own country and its history.
Jul 5, 2012 3:08AM
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Would have been a great article too.... were it not for all the cutsie pootsie crap. I got as far as the second paragraph before I tuned out. Maybe next time you pick a writer to do a story on our nation's first (and coolest) pres you pick someone who isn't 60something trying to talk (down) to us kids.
Jul 5, 2012 2:45AM
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What a courageous man and a great leader. We surely owe our success of independence from the British to General George Washington. He earned the honor of becoming our first president. President George Washington.  
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