American Minute with Bill Federer FEB. 22 - The First President - Father of the Country
American Minute with Bill Federer
FEB. 22 - The First President - Father of the Country
George Washington was born FEBRUARY 22, 1732.
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.
As General, Washington
acknowledged God after victories throughout the Revolution and as
President thanked God for the Constitution, October 3, 1789:
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God...
do recommend...rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks,
for...the favorable interpositions of His Providence...we experienced in
the course and conclusion of the late war...for the peaceable and
rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions
Washington was Anglican, and after the Revolution, Episcopalian.
great-great-grandfather, Rev. Lawrence Washington, was an Anglican
minister in Essex, England, who lost his position when the Puritans won
the Civil War.
Washington's great-grandfather, John Washington,
immigrated to Virginia and became a planter, politician, and militia
leader, who even had a local Anglican church renamed "Washington" in his
John Washington left to the church of a tablet with the Ten Commandments, on which he inscribed:
heartily sorry from the bottome of my hart for my sins past, most
humbly desiring forgiveness of the same from the Almighty God (my
Saviour) and Redeemer, in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I
trust and believe assuredly to be saved, and to have full remission and
forgiveness of all my sins."
grandfather, Lawrence, was Anglican, as was his father, Augustine, who
served as a vestryman at the Anglican Truro Parish.
George Washington became vestryman in Truro Parish, and was godfather in baptism to a niece and several nephews.
had the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, then ordered
chaplains placed in each regiment, stating July 9, 1776:
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 wrote at Valley Forge, May 2, 1778:
the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory
to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian."
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 October 2, 1775, General George Washington issued the order:
who shall hereafter be detected playing at toss-up, pitch, and hustle,
or any other games of chance...shall without delay be confined and
punished...The General does not mean by the above to discourage sports
of exercise or recreation, he only means to discountenance and punish
On February 26, 1776, General Washington issued the orders:
are positively forbid playing at cards and other games of chance. At
this time of public distress men may find enough to do in the service of
their God and their country, without abandoning themselves to vice and
General...requires...observance of those articles of war...which forbid
profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness; And...requires...punctual
attendance of Divine Services."
recorded in The Writings of George Washington (March 10, 1778,
11:83-84, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934), George Washington
"At a General Court Marshall...Lieutt. Enslin of Colo.
Malcom's Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John
Monhort a soldier...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."
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."