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Washington's Legacy

George Washington was a pivotal figure in American history. Upon his death on December 14, 1799, his family, his nation, and the world mourned the loss of a man whose character and leadership were fundamental to establishing a nation.

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of George Washington, Mount Vernon presented LEGACY, a special live program for 150 educators, which commemorated the life and legacy of George Washington, a man who led his country to independence and ensured the stability of a new nation.

Video: Reflecting on a Lifetime of Public Service

We invite you to hear the personal memories of:

DR. JAMES CRAIK

ALEXANDER HAMILTON

MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE

A YOUNG CITIZEN

More about George Washington's Death

Learn more about Washington's passing and the effect it has upon a nation in mourning.

The Death of Washington

Transcript, Tobias Lear Letter, December 16, 1799

Newspaper account of Washington's Death

The Tombs at Mount Vernon

Prominent World Leaders Visit Washington's Tomb