This Day in History: George Washington passes away

On this day in 1799, President George Washington passes away. He was living in retirement at Mount Vernon at the time. The importance of this latter fact cannot be emphasized enough! Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to be. Yet, at the end of the day, all Washington ever […]

This Day in History: Pennsylvania’s stormy debate over the Constitution

On this day in 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. You might imagine a bunch of dull Founders tamely approving a document, but the discussion in Pennsylvania was anything but tame! Instead, Pennsylvania’s story includes an irate minority, legislators hauled through the streets, and rousing speeches to huge crowds. Let’s […]

This Day in History: The Founders, the First Amendment, & Religious Freedom

On this day in 1789, President George Washington issues his first Thanksgiving Proclamation. Congress had asked him to do so, and he wasted no time in complying with the request. It was something that he had done many times before as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. The timing of the proclamation tells a story regarding […]

This Day in History: Congress establishes the United States Supreme Court

During this week in 1789, the Supreme Court of the United States is established. George Washington nominated the first Chief Justice of the United States on the same day that he signed the law laying the groundwork for our judiciary system. John Jay was confirmed by the first United States Senate a mere two days […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s memorable words to the Jewish people

On this day in 1790, a Jewish-American man named Moses Seixas writes a letter to his President—the first President of the United States.  That letter prompts a memorable response from George Washington. Seixas was writing on behalf of his congregation in Rhode Island. The congregation wanted to welcome the President to the state! Rhode Island […]