Although he never had children of his own

He became the father of his beloved wife Martha's children 
from a former marriage...

and he became the Father of a nation.

The following are his own words; a fathers wise words.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
                                            GEORGE WASHINGTON
                                                               letter to James Madison, Mar. 2, 1788

" I can bear to hear of imputed or real errors. 
The man who wishes to stand well 
in the opinion of others must do this; 
because he is thereby enabled 
to correct his faults, 
or remove prejudices 
which are imbibed against him."

letter to Joseph Reed, 
Jan. 14, 1776


"Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, 
that country has a right to concentrate your affections. 
The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, 
must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, 
more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."

 farewell address, 
Sep. 19, 1796

 "The fate of unborn millions will now depend, 
under God, 
on the courage and conduct of this army. 
Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us 
only the choice of brave resistance, 
or the most abject submission. 
We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die."

address to the Continental Army before 
the battle of Long Island, 
Aug. 27, 1776

"Knowledge is in every country 
the surest basis of public happiness."

speech to Congress, 
Jan. 8, 1790

"Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distresses of every one, 
and let your hand give in proportion to your purse; 
remembering always the estimation of the widow's mite, but, 
that it is not every one who ask that deserve charity; 
all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer."

letter to Bushrod Washington, 
Jan. 15, 1783

"the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation 
that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained."

First Inaugural Address, 
Apr. 30, 1789

"I was no party man myself,
and the first wish of my heart was, 
if the parties did exist, to reconcile them" 

letter to Thomas Jefferson, Jul. 6, 1796

"in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."

farewell address, Sep. 19, 1796

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles,

 the character of an honest man.”



  1. What a wonderful post for Presidents Day. I loved reading all the bits of his letters and speeches. Photos of Mt. Rushmore were awesome.

  2. Nice post. I love your photos. Very AWESOME B

  3. I would like to go there once and see that..the first time I went to Washington D.C. I loved it...looking at many place to go see...Niagra Falls on my list too!

  4. I liked the quote "if the parties did exist, to reconcile them." Boy could we use a little more of that these days...

  5. Did you take these pictures? They are amazing! Oh if we as a nation could remember those days.......

  6. Perfect post for President's Day. Mt. Rushmore is a place I've yet to visit...some day. Thanks for the great shots.

  7. Fantastic pictures! And a lesson in American History for me. Thank you for sharing!

  8. What an impressive post -- the part about reconciling the parties was a great thought by a great man.

  9. Love your Presidents Day Post! It is a wonderful tribute to our nation.
    Thank you for sharing it!

  10. What a wonderful post Feral!! Great photos. I want to see Mt. Rushmore someday. I know it would be an amazing site.
    PS-regarding FF Friday-you are definitely a farm girl--horses and hay and stories about your travels--all farm related to me gal :)

  11. Great post, when i was in america a few years ago i visited MT Rushmore and thought it was a wonderful and inspiring place. The drive there was absolutely amazing to....

    Anyway cool choice of quotes!!

  12. Nice post! I believe I would have liked to have met the man, not because he was our first president, because of the man he was.

  13. Amazing, that was said over 200 years ago.

  14. Your post is a wonderful tribute to this president and the pictures are great. Wish he were here now to help this country!

  15. Enjoyed this President's Day post. I've never seen Mt. Rushmore but hope to one day. Did you know George Washington was offered the chance to be King of the new world and he declined.

  16. Great post - wonderful photography!!! ..and I just picked up my carpet steam cleaner last night. Going to buy the soap stuff tonight and will use it (with furniture moved) this weekend!!


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