John Laurens :: He overthrew his father's conservative influence and worked for liberal causes. In addition, he was gay in a time when that could get a person executed. Furthermore, according the code duello, he had no right to challenge Lee to a duel. However, he said that any member of Washington's military family had a right to challenge Lee for what he said. In essence, Laurens basically claimed Washington as a surrogate father. This is, in my opinion, rather adorable. There are, of course, flaws to Laurens -- that he was an absent father and husband and his treatment of Shrewsbury -- but throwing off one's father's conservative influence is a story that resonates and inspires me.
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