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George Washington

George Washington by Ezra Ames (1768-1836) in the New York State Capitol. Washington and NY's George Clinton were good friends.

Primary Sources

Baker, William S. Itinerary of George Washington from June 15,1775 to December 23, 1783. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1892.

Washington, George, Philander D. Chase, Dorothy Twohig, Frank E. Grizzard, and Edward G. Lengel. The Papers of George Washington. Revolutionary War Series. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1985.

Washington, George, William Wright Abbot, and Dorothy Twohig. The Papers of George Washington. 2 2: Revolutionary War Series September – December 1775. Charlottesville, Va.: Univ. Press of Virginia, 1987.



There are thousands of books written on Washington. Below are some of the most notable.

Calloway, Colin G. The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Colin Calloway’s unique contribution is describe the history of Native Americans through the prism of Washington’ life.  He explores under researched aspects of how Washington as a land speculator, general and a President intersected with Native Americans and the development of their societies.

Calloway’s central thesis is that Washington sought to assimilate Native Americans into his culture and Native Americans resisted seeking to create their own cultures.  He concludes that only by combining and recounting all these cultures can you tell the American story.

Flexner, James Thomas. Washington The Indispensable Man. New York: Mentor, 1969.

Horn, Jonathan. Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle, 2020.

Lengel, Edward G. General George Washington: A Military Life. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 2005.

Rhodehamel, John H. George Washington: The Wonder of the Age. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.

Stewart, David O. George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father. New York, New York: Dutton, 2021.


One of eighteen copies painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1795 after Washington left the presidency and retired to Mount Vernon


George Washington
George Washington by Adolph Urlick Wermuller (1751-1811) painted in 1794.  Philadelphia Art Museum

Commemorations – Federal Hall, NYC


George Washington - Presidential Inaguration

Washington taking the oath of office at Federal Hall, NYC from Robert R. Livingrton.  Bible held by James Otis.  Major Generals Baron von Steuben and Arthur St. Clair in attendance.

Society of Cincinnati

George Washington Statue in front of Society of Cincinnati, on Massachusetts Avenue Washington, DC
George Washington by Clark Mills in Washington Circle Park, Washington DC


Commemorating Washington’s Victory at Trenton by Charles Willson Peale


Washington Standing over a Hudson River bluff with enslaved Billy Lee behind him by John Trumbrull in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Expert horseman, George Washington riding to attend church at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC. By noted equestrian sculptor Herbert Haseltine. Dedicated in 1959. Located south of the Cathedral located at the entrance to Olmsted Woods.

National Portrait Gallery

George Washington on the campus of the University of Virgina, Charlottesville

George Washington on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia
Washington the map reader and surveyor at the Museum of the American Revolution at Yorktown, VA
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