Historians generally agree that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were our greatest presidents. Recently, there has been a plethora of books and tapes telling the story of the place in American history that each occupies.I learned that George Washington's literacy skills were somewhat limited and that he frequently relied on Alexander Hamilton for help with his important letters and speeches. Nor was I aware that during that horrendous, freezing winter at Valley Forge, Washington ate corn mush just as his hungry, shoeless troops did, and that his wife, the aristocratic Martha Washington, mended the torn uniforms of soldiers during that winter.

I chuckled when I learned that our first vice president, John Adams, wore a powdered wig when he presided over the newly created Senate. It was disturbing to discover that the brilliant Alexander Hamilton was blackmailed when he was secretary of the Treasury because of an affair with an attractive young lady whose morals were consistent with those of her husband, who had threatened Hamilton with public exposure of the liaison. This blight haunted Hamilton for the rest of his short life because of subtle threats by his political enemies.

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