George Washington considered religious freedom to be very important, as did many of his countrymen.

Prior to the Revolution, many groups had been victims of religious persecution to varying degrees, in both Europe and the American colonies. Shortly after his inauguration as president, religious communities began writing to Washington, to ask how the government he was leading would treat them. In letter after letter, Washington wrote back that the only being to whom Americans owed an explanation of their religious beliefs was God.

Below are the surviving letters Washington wrote to religious groups during his presidency.

Religion

George Washington’s thoughts and beliefs around religion were not just limited to his time as president.

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