first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen

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First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen definition


Words from a eulogy for George Washington adopted by Congress immediately after Washington's death. The eulogy was written by Henry Lee, a soldier and political leader from Washington's home state of Virginia.

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