Navy

French admiral, unsuccessful against British fleet at Newport; 1729—94.
French Admiral, defeated British fleet at Chesapeake Capes; 1722—88.
British admiral, brother of William Howe; 1726—99.
Naval commander for the U.S.; 1747—92.

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)