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George Washington's Farewell Address
Transcript of George Washington's Farewell Address
- George Washington wrote his first draft in 1792 with the help of James Madison as Washington prepared to retire after his first term as president.
- George Washington published the farewell Address at the end of his second term. -In office from 1789-1897
-Was only going to run one term, but was convinced he was needed to run another term for the country's success by Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson
-Served as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
-Washington was born in Virginia; -First published in David Claypole's American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796 under the title "The Address of General Washington to the People of The United States."
-The letter was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in a pamphlet form.
-The work was later named a "Farewell Address," as it was Washington's last words after 20 years of service to the new nation.
-Washington would then retire to his house in Mount Vernon - It gives advice on the necessity and importance of national union, the value of the Constitution and the rule of law, the evils of political parties, and the proper virtues of a republican people.
- George Washington called morality "a necessary spring of popular government" in the Farewell Address.
- Washington's public political address warned against foreign influence in domestic affairs and American meddling in European affairs. He warned against bitter partisanship in domestic politics and called for men to move beyond partisanship and serve the common good.