Father of his Country
Cicero was so entitled by the Roman senate. They offered the same
title to Marius, but he refused to accept it.
Several of the Cæsars were so called—Julius, after quelling the
insurrection of Spain; Augustus, etc. Cosmo de Medici (1389-1464).
G. Washington, the defender and paternal counseller of the American
Andrea Dorea (1468-1560). Inscribed on the base of his statue by
his countrymen of Genoa. Andronicus Palæologus II. assumed the title
(See also 1 Chron. iv. 14.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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