…and other interesting facts from a new biography of our premier founding father, George Washington. Okay, it wasn’t smoked: it was used to make rope, clothing, paper, etc. And GW was the nation’s richest President in terms of total net worth (over $500 million in today’s dollars) as well as an agricultural innovator. What I’m really doing here is advertising a new book by historian Edward Larson that may actually contribute something new to our understanding of colonial America and one of its most important figures. Washington’s life is an interesting study: he was one of those admired even by his enemies.