A. B. Hart, "tributes To Washington," Quoted In J. A. Carroll And Mary W. Ashworth "First In War, First In Peace And First In The Hearts Of His Countrymen"
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"First In War, First In Peace And First In The Hearts Of His Countrymen"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Henry Lee, or Light-Horse Harry Lee, was a cavalry general in the American Revolutionary War and the father of General Robert E. Lee of Civil War fame. After a successful career in the army, he entered politics–first on a state, and later on a national level. He was a member of Congress when the news of the death of Washington reached Philadelphia, December 18, 1799. Because he had known Washington so long and so intimately, he was chosen by his colleagues to deliver the funeral oration at the Lutheran Church. His tribute contains perhaps the most famous words associated with Washington:

First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere–uniform, dignified and commanding–his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. . . .