Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story
I know that we can win
I know that greatness lies in you
But remember from here on in, history has its eyes on you
-History Has Its Eyes On You, Hamilton Original Broadway Soundtrack

Today is the birthday of one of the founding fathers of our great country – George Washington.

Born on this day in 1732, Washington was destined for greatness as he rose through the military ranks and became General in 1775. After leading the U.S. colonies to victory over British armies at the close of the American Revolutionary War in the 1780s, he rose to power, serving as the very first U.S. President from April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797.

But, he wasn’t just a military man, fighting for the colonies’ freedom. Washington knew the importance of financial planning on both the large and small stages.

He married the wealthy widow Marsha Custis in 1759 and raised her children, which allowed him to buy land and add to his personal estate. The marriage tripled the land he owned on Mount Vernon and made him the wealthiest man in the Virginia colony – a crucial benchmark for him to hit in his pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

In his first term as president, he selected the genius Alexander Hamilton as the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Hamilton was responsible for helping to create an economically viable plan for the fledgling country. This financial system was one of the critical factors that helped the United States grow as an independent country.

If Washington didn’t rise to the occasion of being the first leader of this fine country, it would certainly be very different from what we know now, especially where finances are concerned.

You may not have your own Alexander Hamilton at your right hand, working with you on what financial decisions are the best, but we like to think we’re close. Give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or go online – we’d be delighted to rap with you about your financial future.

Nikki Earley, CFP®