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From Washington: The Man of Action, by Frederick Trevor Hill (1914)

The George Washington Who Arrived at Boston

When George Washington arrived at Boston, he was determined to live by his faith and expected others to do the same. On July 4, 1775, which was just two days after he had arrived in Cambridge and formally took command, he issued a general order which illustrates this.

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Philadelphia State House (Independence Hall)

The George Washington Who was Headed for Boston

On June 23, 1775, General George Washington and his men set out for Boston from Philadelphia. What was on the general’s mind that morning as he set off toward destiny?

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The earliest authenticated portrait of George Washington shows him wearing his colonel's uniform of the Virginia Regiment from the French and Indian War.

The Selection of George Washington as Commander-in-Chief

And the ending of part one of this article I said that George Washington’s character traits were not the only thing which made him a good candidate to be commander-in-chief of the Continental army. If he didn’t have any military experience, the members of the Continental Congress would not have been able to consider him.

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George Washington's pewbox at Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia

The George Washington Who Was Selected as Commander in Chief

On June 14, 1775 the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia agreed to raise troops for “the American Continental Army.” As soon as that vote was taken, John Adams nominated George Washington to be commander-in-chief.

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George Washington's box pew in Christ Church

George Washington Knew the Bible

I knew about President George Washington’s letter to a Jewish congregation in 1790, and I also knew that it contained Biblical allusions in its language. But what I did not know, until I was listening to a recent podcast from Wallbuilders Live this morning, was just how many Biblical references there were in this letter.

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President George Washington

George Washington Condemns the Modern GOP

As I was reading and reflecting on George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796 today, it hit me like a soft ton of bricks how prescient President Washington was some 218 years ago. He warned against and soundly condemned the behavior that has unfortunately become the very heart and soul of the “Republican” agenda today.

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Washington’s Temptation of Absolute Power

Washington’s Temptation of Absolute Power

As we approach Christmas this year we must not forget December 23rd, the anniversary of the momentous resignation of General George Washington. When the War for Independence came to a close, General George Washington was tempted by the offer of nearly unlimited power in these united States. His officers in the Army sought to draft him as King of the fledgling country. His popularity was unanimously acknowledged while on the other hand the reputation of Congress was beneath dismal.

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President George Washington

Did George Washington Predict America’s Fall?

In 1788, eight years prior to his Farewell Address, George Washington wrote: “[T]he [federal] government … can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.” We are in danger. As our national virtue melts away, it strains credulity to deny that we are entering, as Washington warned, a dark era of American despotism. Like water to the gulch, such despotism pervades in the absence of religion and morality.

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The First President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

The First President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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 a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness…

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Photos: Mount Vernon

Photos: Mount Vernon

These are some pictures I took during my family’s recent visit to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home and farm, in Virginia south of Washington D.C. You can see the front side of the house, including the covered walkways that connected the main house to the kitchen and other areas. No pictures were allowed inside the house, but I have several of the area behind the house, Washington’s original tomb, the tomb to which he was later moved, and some of the farming area around the Potomac River.

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