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: The only time George Washington surrendered

On this day in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington surrenders his “Fort Necessity” to the French. It was the only time he ever surrendered. At this point in time, ownership and control of the Ohio Country were hotly contested. Washington had been dispatched to the area with orders to “make Prisoners of or kill […]

This Day in History: George Washington writes his “Patcy”

During this week in 1775, George Washington writes his wife, Martha. He called her “my dear Patcy.” Only a handful of letters between George and Martha still survive. This letter is one of them. The two wrote more often than that, of course. And, if any of those letters could be recovered, they would contain […]

This Day in History: George Washington, the Baptists, & religious freedom

During this month in 1789, Washington responds to a letter from the United Baptist Churches of Virginia. These Baptists were worried: Was their religious freedom in Danger? “When the constitution first made its appearance in Virginia,” the Baptists wrote, “we, as a Society, had unusual strugglings of mind; fearing that the liberty of conscience, dearer […]

This Day in History: George Washington & the first presidential veto

On this day in 1792, George Washington issues his first presidential veto. The subject of vetoes had long been a touchy topic in the American colonies, so his action was a bigger deal than you might imagine. Before the American Revolution, vetoes could be used against the colonial assemblies in one of two ways: The […]