The Acts of Congress
George Washington’s copy of the Acts passed at a Congress of the United States of American (New-York, 1789) contains key founding documents establishing the Union: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a record of acts passed by the first Congress. In the margins of four separate pages Washington wrote the words “President,” “Powers,” and “Required,” underscoring the responsibilities of the first Chief Executive.
George Washington to Edward Carrington, May 1, 1796
This letter to Virginia statesman Edward Carrington, dated May 1, 1796 provides a glimpse into Washington’s mindset regarding the Jay Treaty.
Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796
Published in a Philadelphia newspaper on September 19, 1796, Washington used his Farewell Address to outline his advice to the new nation as he prepared to leave the presidency after two terms.
The Material Culture of the Presidency
Eight objects from the Mount Vernon collection highlight how President George Washington used clothing and household furnishing to convey not only his own style and character, but the views of the young nation as well.
Food Supply Ledger, May 19-25, 1794
The Presidential household in Philadelphia was a bustling place. Weekly dinners and receptions hosted by George and Martha Washington required a large amount of food. This food ledger details the food ordered and the associated costs for one week in the Presidential household.
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Did you Know?
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association has been maintaining the Mount Vernon Estate since they acquired it from the Washington family in 1858.
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The Library of the First President
The Washington Library is open to all researchers and scholars, though by appointment only.