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
Erected by National Park Service in partnership with the George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1983.
Location. 38° 18.992′ N, 77° 30.298′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Interstate 95, on the right when traveling south. Located in front of the Fredericksburg Rest Stop / Welcome Center on I-95 south bound, just past the Rappahannock River bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Bragg Hill Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 PlanterHistoric Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm (here, next to this marker); Quest For Knowledge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henry "Box" Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Endurance Through It All (approx. 0.4 miles away); Acts of Bravery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abolitionists (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,250 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 16, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.