George Washington is often considered to be the greatest President in American history. Even if he was not the greatest President, he was the first and for that reason alone, he is a fascinating historical figure. Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about George Washington is his Will.
Washington actually wrote his own Will out by hand in excruciating detail. He did so without seeking any legal counsel, even though he himself was not an attorney. The Will provides a detailed accounting of the former President’s property and how he wanted it to be cared for and disposed of. It is a very unique Will because Washington had a unique writing style that he had developed throughout his years as a statesman.
Interestingly, Washington did not leave his wife the customary widow’s portion of his estate. Instead, he left almost everything to her for as long as she was alive and directed who should receive the property after she passed away. Today, we would call that a life estate.
After he passed away, Washington’s Will was printed and distributed throughout the country for everyone to read. It is still available today in books and online, if you are interested in reading it. The document is a fascinating historical account of one the greatest men in American history, if not world history.
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