First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built his and the Nation’s Prosperity. By Edward G Lengel. ISBN 978-0-306-82347-3. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 280 pages including bibliography and index.
The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business; all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington.
Using Washington's extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built Mount Vernon into a vast multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Later, as president, he helped establish the national economy on a solid footing and favorably positioned the nation for the Industrial Revolution. Washington's steadfast commitment to the core economic principles of probity, transparency, careful management, and calculated boldness are timeless lessons that should inspire and instruct investors even today.