George Washington was a great man by all accounts. Perhaps the strongest tribute to him was given by his friend General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. General Lee said that Washington was: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” And yet, there were some interesting peculiarities to the man as well. One particularly interesting habit Washington maintained was that he would not shake hands. It was best to never assume a familiarity with this giant leader among men. He had such an innate dignity about him. He had a calm reserve and he didn’t fluster easily. He was deliberate in all of his actions. He was thoughtful and always mindful of being fair to everyone he dealt with. He was very aware that he was the living example of the concept of precedent in all that he did as a president. What a great first executive.