Wellington, duke of

Arthur Wellesley, a British general of the nineteenth century, revered in his country as the victor over the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.

Note

Wellington is known for allegedly saying “the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” Eton is a famous English boarding school for boys. Wellington's statement emphasizes the effect of people's moral training and breeding on their later life.
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