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Poster Worthy People - Cincinnatus And Washington

Created On: 4/16/2024

Cincinnati was named after a guy named Cincinnatus.

He looked like this:

Cincinnatus was a Roman general and politician.

And after he was done with those jobs, he retired to work on a farm.

But while he was farming, a rebellion broke out.

A group of people called the Aequi broke their treaty and attacked a Roman city.

The senate formed an army to go get them.

But they were stopped and surrounded on their way.

The Roman senators didn't know what to do.  So they sent some guys to Cincinnatus's farm.

And they talked him into becoming the ruler of Rome in order to solve this problem.

And he did solve it.

He called up every able bodied man, rushed to help the army, and got the Aequi to surrender.

Then he gave up his power back to the senate and went back to farming.

And because he didn't hold onto all that power, he became a legend among Romans.

But here's the thing.

No one really knows if any of this is true, or if its just a myth.

But even if its a myth, its still important.

Because George Washington found himself in the same position as Cincinnatus.

He had just won the Revolutionary war.

He was the first president.  

And many people wanted him to become a king.

And if he had wanted to, he could have.

But he didn't.

After his term as president, he retired to his farm.

In doing so, he became one of the few people in history that willingly give up power for the greater good.

A famous poet from Europe said this about George Washington:

And that makes both of these guys poster worthy people.

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