Resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army

After the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War, Washington resigned from his position as leader of the Continental Army. By the end of the war, Washington held...

Acceptance of Command of the Continental Army

George Washington gained a reputation for military excellence for his service in the French and Indian War. This experience, combined with his unique situation as a relative...

Newburgh Address

As the Revolutionary War came to an end, Congress had failed to pay many of its soldiers. In response, a group of officers from the Continental Army planned a mutiny. When they...

George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation is an amazing book composed by Washington. It is based on a set of rules put forth by French...

Washington's Farewell Address

After twenty years in public service, George Washington turned down a third term as president with this memorable farewell address. In it, he implores the American public to be...

George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

Copied out by hand as a young man aspiring to the status of Gentleman, George Washington's 110 rules were based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595. The first...

Letter to Touro Synagogue

In 1790, Moses Seixas of the Touro Synagogue wrote a letter to President Washington. Representing a people who had been escaping persecution for generations, he wanted...

On Maintaining an Army

Before George Washington was president, he was a great general. He understood not only how to lead men into battle, but also how to keep them fighting when things became bleak....

National Thanksgiving Proclamation

The act of dedicating a time to be thankful preceded the Thanksgiving holiday. It even preceded what most think of as the “First Thanksgiving” in Plymouth. This act became an...