- Good wealth and a plantation resulting in a comfortable, prosperous life
- Was indispensable to the revolutionary war effort; many have raised doubts whether the war would have been won without him and his understanding (at least after NY) of the nature of the revolution and the importance not in winning battles, but keeping his army in the field.
- Presided over the constitutional convention of 1787
- Served with other giants (both in war and administration) whose importance at the time paled in comparison to his (Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, etc). As far as fame, the only peer he really had as a contemporary was Franklin.
- When he left power King George remarked that Washington was "the greatest man in the world." Washington truly saw himself (and acted accordingly) as a present-day Cincinnatus.
- Exceeded all of his contemporaries (esp. Jefferson) by at least freeing his slaves upon his death.
Washington didn't formulate the ideals that modeled this country, but he was the actual embodiment of them. This country was exceedingly fortunate that its first president was also arguably its greatest and most honorable.