About George Washington

George Washington (1732-1799) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the president of the Constitutional Convention that met in Philadelphia, and the first President of the United States. He has been called the "indispensable man" of the American founding and since his day has been lovingly called "The Father of His Country."

Address to the Newburgh Conspirators

By |2021-03-14T15:12:26-05:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, George Washington|

“The secret mover of this scheme intended to take advantage of the passions, while they were warmed by the recollection of past distresses, without giving time for cool, deliberative thinking.” In March of 1783, George Washington’s Continental Army was encamped near Newburgh, New York. The war not yet over, though victory was within reach. Washington’s [...]

First Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-19T17:19:03-06:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, George Washington, Liberty, Primary Documents|

The foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality. There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could [...]

Washington’s Farewell Address to the Continental Army

By |2015-09-08T15:17:34-05:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: George Washington, History, Military|

The United States in Congress assembled after giving the most honorable testimony to the merits of the federal Armies, and presenting them with the thanks of their Country for their long, eminent, and faithful services, having thought proper by their proclamation bearing date the 18th day of October last to discharge such part of the Troops [...]

The Sacred Fire of Liberty

By |2015-07-21T09:54:21-05:00July 22nd, 2015|Categories: George Washington, Quotation|

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington […]

The Union Between Virtue & Happiness

By |2020-04-04T15:15:19-05:00April 26th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, Quotation|

There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less [...]

Farewell Address, 1796

By |2020-09-18T15:55:33-05:00February 22nd, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, Primary Documents|

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. Friends and Citizens: The period for a [...]

Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

By |2018-11-21T19:37:18-06:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, George Washington, Thanksgiving|

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States [...]

Power Under the Constitution will Always be in the People

By |2016-11-26T09:52:15-06:00May 7th, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, George Washington, Quotation|

The power under the Constitution will always be in the People. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own chusing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their Interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their Servants can, and undoubtedly will be, recalled. — to Bushrod Washington, 9 [...]

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