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Experience... is the best rule to walk by. --George Washington to John Parke Curtis, West Point, August 24, 1779

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A Sword Of Course!
Washington’s hand is resting on the sword, which is safely stored in its sheath (or scabbard) by his side. It doesn’t look as if this sword is going to war, does it? For a long time, a sword was said to be “the grand distinguishing mark of a fine Gentleman.” It was also a sign of status, especially for a President of this period. George Washington particularly liked to wear a sword, even when he was wearing a suit. Looks pretty cool, huh?

(By the way, in case you were puzzled, the extra credit answer to the song used in the clue is “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”)

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