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George Washington, Entrepreneur

A Conversation with author John Berlau


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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of George Washington? Whatever it is, it’s probably not as a businessman and entrepreneur.

Yet Washington was one of the country's first true entrepreneurs, responsible for innovations in several industries. In his new book, George Washington, Entrepreneur, John Berlau presents a fresh, surprising look at his business pursuits.

Washington was the first to breed horses with donkeys to produce the American mule. He grew countless varieties of trees and built a greenhouse full of exotic fruits, herbs and plants. Unlike his tobacco-focused Virginia neighbors, Washington planted seven types of wheat. His state-of-the-art mill produced flour which he exported to Europe in sacks stamped "G. Washington"―one of the very first branded food products. Mount Vernon was also home to a distillery and became one of the largest American whiskey producers of the era.

Please join IPI on Tuesday, February 23, at 1:00 PM Central, for this online Zoom event. Copies of the book can be ordered at checkout.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
 1:00 PM CENTRAL (2:00 PM Eastern)

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