By Gerald E. Kahler. ISBN 978-0-8139-2750-3. Copyright 2008. Hardcover with 190 pages including 8 pages of black and white illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, and index.
George Washington’s death came in a highly contentious period in American political history. A variety of groups and individuals including Federalist officials such as President John Adams and Alexander Hamilton, religious leaders, masons, and women all used the 69 day mourning period to take advantage of the occasion to advance their own agendas.
Hundreds of eulogies were examined to provide this unique perspective on who George Washington was in the eyes of his contemporaries.