Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington: Statesman and Public Servant
George Washington: Statesman
Following the Treaty of Paris that guaranteed American independence from Great Britain in 1783, Washington became an influential mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. Washington took his oath of office as the first United States president on April 30, 1789. Under his leadership, the new nation became an influential world power. Washington served two terms, conscious of the historic nature of his office; he was not only the first American president, but also the first elected head of state in western civilization. In office, Washington protected American neutrality in foreign affairs, established a strong central administration with three departments - Treasury, War, and State - and arbitrated successfully between political parties and regional factions.
George Washington: Public Servant
George Washington was never out of the public eye for long, though he yearned for private life at Mount Vernon. He served willingly, but with caution. He was sensitive to criticism, yet subjected himself to it by giving his talents and experience to his country. He had a temper, but learned to control it, going on to demonstrate formidable leadership by example. He maintained an impeccable public appearance but in
Erected by National Park Service in partnership with the George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation.
Location. 38° 18.992′ N, 77° 30.298′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Interstate 95, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of the Fredericksburg Rest Stop / Welcome Center on I-95 south bound, just past the Rappahannock River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington: Surveyor and Family Man (here, next to this marker); George Washington: Soldier and Virginia Planter (here, next to this marker); Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm (here, next to this marker); The Heights at Smith Run (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Vermont Brigade Counterattacks Falls of the Rappahannock River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rappahannock River Runs Free Once More (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. Both sides of the marker display drawing and painting of events of Washington's public life.
Also see . . . Historic Kenmore. Web site of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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