One of the most important pieces of intellectual property owned by Washington, the book illustrates his role in the drafting, ratification, implementation, and interpretation of the Constitution and the proposed Bill of Rights. During the founding era, Congress’ official printer would prepare bound copies of the acts passed by the legislative branch. These volumes would be presented as permanent keepsakes for our leaders. Prominent recipients included Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, and our first president, George Washington.
The fascinating volume, which also contains a draft of the Bill of Rights and other records of the First Congress, will visit the 13 Presidential Libraries through a special partnership with the National Archives: