Washington's exploits, such as crossing the Delaware during the Revolutionary War, becoming President of the U.S., and chopping down the cherry tree are well-kwn. But, Washington was also a product of historical factors, and influenced them as well. Scudder, well-qualified to write Washington's biography, concentrates on little-kwn events, such as Washington's relationship with American Indians and the British army prior to the Revolutionary War. One fun read for anyone interested in American History.
Horace Elisha Scudder (October 16, 1838 - January 11, 1902) was a prolific American man of letters and editor. He was born into a Boston family; his brothers were David Coit Scudder and Samuel Hubbard Scudder. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1854 and from Williams College in 1858, taught school in New York City, and subsequently, returned to Boston and devoted himself to literary work. He is now best known for his children's books and the editorship he held of The Atlantic Monthly. He published the Bodley Books (1875-87) and was also an essayist, and produced large quantities of journalism that was printed anonymously. He was a correspondent of Hans Christian Andersen and biographer of James Russell Lowell. He edited also The Riverside Magazine. Scudder also prepared, with Mrs Taylor, the Life and Letters of Bayard Taylor (1884) and was series editor for the extensive American Commonwealths Series for Houghton Mifflin. Scudder may have been most famous for his 1884 work A History of the United State of America Preceded By a Narrative of the Discovery and Settlement of North America and of the Events Which Led to the Independence of the Thirteen English Colonies for the Use of Schools and Academies, which long set the standard for American history textbooks.