George Washington was born FEBRUARY 22, 1732.
He was unanimously chosen as the Army’s Commander-in-Chief, unanimously chosen as President of the Constitutional Convention, and unanimously chosen as the first U.S. President.
After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General Washington ordered chaplains placed in each regiment, stating:
“The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the dearest Rights and Liberties of his country.”
General Washington stated at Valley Forge, May 2, 1778:
“To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.”
To the Delaware Indian Chiefs who brought three youths to be trained in American schools, General Washington stated, May 12, 1779:
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”
On September 14, 1775, General Washington wrote to Colonel Benedict Arnold, who was on an expedition to Quebec, Canada:
“I also give it in charge to you to avoid all disrespect of the religion of the country, and its ceremonies. Prudence, policy, and a true Christian spirit will lead us to look with compassion upon their errors without insulting them.”
General Washington wrote to Major-General Putnam, October 19, 1777:
“I am exceedingly sorry for the death of Mrs Putman…Remembering that all must die, and that she had lived to an honorable age, I hope you will bear the misfortune with that fortitude and complacency of mind that become a man and a Christian.”
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, pastor of the Lutheran church near Valley Forge, noted concerning General Washington:
“I heard a fine example today, namely, that His Excellency General Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear God, to put away the wickedness that has set in and become so general, and to practice the Christian virtues.”
George Washington wrote to the President of the Continental Congress, February 8, 1785:
“I was honored with a letter from the Countess of Huntington, briefly reciting her benevolent intention of spreading Christianity among the Tribes of Indians inhabiting our Western Territory; and expressing a desire of my advice and assistance to carry this charitable design into execution. I wrote her Ladyship….that I wou’d give every aid in my power…”
President Washington wrote to the Society of the United Brethren for Propagating the Gospel among the HeathenIn July of 1789:
“It will be a desirable thing, for the protection of the Union, to co-operate, as far as the circumstances may conveniently admit, with the disinterested endeavors of your Society to civilize and Christianize the Savages of the Wilderness”
President George Washington replied to the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches, In May of 1789:
“No man who is profligate in his morals, or a bad member of the civil community, can possibly be a true Christian.”
President Washington wrote to an overseer of his estate:
“I shall not close this letter without exhorting you to refrain from spirituous liquors…a drunken man differs from a beast…By degrees it renders a person feeble, and not only unable to serve others but to help himself…Show yourself more of a man and a Christian than to yield to so intolerable a vice.”
As recorded in The Writings of George Washington (March 10, 1778, 11:83-84, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934), General Washington ordered:
“At a General Court Marshall whereof Colo. Tupper was President…Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcom’s Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier;
Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismiss’d the service with Infamy.
His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Liett. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return.”
In his Farewell Address, 1796, Washington stated:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness.”
John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who had fought alongside Washington in the Revolutionary War and served with him at Valley Forge, described Washington:
“Without making ostentatious professions of religion, he was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, and a truly devout man.”
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