Our fourth battle in this tournament sees one forefather of our country go up against another. One fought for our independence while the other wrote for our independence. This battle sees George Washington take on Thomas Jefferson!
Who is More American?
As Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, hero of the Revolutionary War and the first President of our United States of America, George Washington’s legacy remains among the greatest in American history. George Washington had a tremendous amount of wartime experience. He fought in the French and Indian War, when he helped British soldiers defeat French opponents, as well as leading the Continental Army as Commander in Chief during the Revolutionary War, when America fought against the British for independence. Gaining celebrity status from his military career and heroics, Washington received 100 percent of the votes to be America’s first President (he remains the only president to have received 100 percent of the votes). Following his presidency, his farewell address, or speech he delivered upon leaving the presidency, remains one the most influential statements in American history. He is perhaps the most memorialized figure in America, having monuments erected to honor him nationwide. Despite owning slaves, Washington did believe in emancipation, and wrote in his will to have them freed after his death. Still idolized by Americans today, Washington can be found on the dollar bill and quarter, in addition to the many monuments throughout the country.
A Founding Father with Washington, Jefferson was the principal author of our Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Jefferson was a member of the Continental Congress, or governing body of the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolution. While Washington was the first President, Jefferson was the first Secretary of State. During his presidency, Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, nearly doubling the country in size, and expanding America’s reach across the continent. His time in office was tainted by controversial decisions, however, such as his embargo laws, which ultimately damaged America’s economy. Like Washington, he did own slaves but also opposed slavery. In addition, Jefferson is also memorialized in Washington, D.C., as well as having his face on the nickel and the 2 dollar bill, which has been removed from our currency. His writing of the Declaration of Independence certainly set America in motion, and our country has never looked back.
George Washington fought for America on the battlefield while Thomas Jefferson fought for America putting his pen to paper.
So, I ask you, the reader: Who Is More American?
George Washington or Thomas Jefferson?
Cast your vote in the comments below!