I think George is the greatest American. This can be measured in what was said about him by contemporaries. Napoleon said on St. Helens, " All they wanted was another George Washington". Lafayette said " George Washington was not the greatest man of the Revolution, he was the revolution". Lafayette named son after George Washington. King George said "If George Washington does not become king, he is the greatest man alive". Lighthorse Harry Lee (Robert E Lee's grandfather), said about Washington " First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his country men". He alone had the stature and attitude to get this country going. He knew the power that was required of the central government for an armed forces, make the country strong instead of weak confederation of states, and the money needed to keep America strong. He was also very smart to pick Alexander Hamilton as his right hand man during the revolution and Secretary of the Treasury during his administration. Jefferson and the other slave owning founding fathers (except Adams), wanted to have a nation of agricultural plutocrats with distrust towards merchants and financial matters. I don't think George or Hamilton would be too surprised at our government today. They (Washington and Hamilton) are the ones who started us to the greatness we are today. Washington was alone among the founding fathers to free his slaves upon his death.