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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.

Biographies

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.

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.

Portraits

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

Commemorations – Federal Hall, NYC

 

Society of Cincinnati

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George Washington Statue in front of Society of Cincinnati, on Massachusetts Avenue Washington, DC

 

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George Washington by Clark Mills in Washington Circle Park, Washington DC
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Commemorating Washington’s Victory at Trenton by Charles Willson Peale
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Washington Standing over a Hudson River bluff with enslaved Billy Lee behind him by John Trumbrull in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
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