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Feb
12

Happy Birthday Mr. Washington! ~ PART ONE ~ MacNeil Month #5 ~ The President Who would NOT be King.

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The familiar George Washington in your wallet

Hermon A. MacNeil Commemorative by Artist C. Daughtrey is available at http://www.cdaughtrey.com/

February 22nd marks the 279th Birthday of George Washington.

February 27th is the 145th Birthday of Hermon A. MacNeil.

The Arch in Washington Square Park, NYC, contains TWO separate sculptures of Mr. Washington.  The presence of two distinct representations of this remarkable American rather than ONE, is remarkable.

So, why TWO statues? Well, the first statue created by Hermon A. MacNeil represented General Washington, as the soldier, the Commander of the Continental Army of the American Revolution. The second created by Stirling Calder portrayed Mr. Washington as the statesman, the President. BOTH sculptures are necessary to portray George Washington’s TWO essential roles in the creation and establishment of the American republic.  

Throughout his entire career Washington (like his founding brothers and sisters) believed, worked, fought, governed, and served the ideals of a republic as the form of government for the United States.  After the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman, “What form of government have you given us?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A Republic, ma’am, if you can keep it.” A Republic is can be defined as:

a form of government in which the people, or some significant portion of them, retain supreme control over the government.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic

At virtually every transition of his life, Washington assumed the power necessary to accomplish the next task, THEN gave that power back when the task was done. History notes that:

When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years.

Source:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington

After the surrender of the British at Yorktown in the summer of 1781, Washington remained encamped with the skeletal Continental Army until the Treaty of Paris was ratified by King George III in September 1783.  Before it was ratified by the Continental Congress in January 1784, Washington submitted a letter of resignation as Commanding general.  He said in part:

[To the Continental Congress]

[Annapolis, Md. 23 December 1783]

Mr President

The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place; I have now the honor of offering my sincere Congratulations to Congress & of presenting myself before them to surrender into their hands the trust committed to me, and to claim the indulgence of retiring from the Service of my Country. …

I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my Official life, by commanding the Interests of our dearest Country to the protection of Almighty God, and those Who have the superintendence of them, to his holy keeping.

Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action—and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.

http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/revolution/resignation.html

Washington longed to retire to his fields at Mount Vernon. But he soon realized that the Nation under its Articles of Confederation was not functioning well, so he became a prime mover in the steps leading to the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. When the new Constitution was ratified, the Electoral College unanimously elected Washington President.

Source:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington

 Washington served two terms as president.  "The main charge levied against
Washington," according to Joseph J. Ellis, "was that he made himself into a
quasi king." 
Yet history records that while England had King George III, the newly United
States would NOT have a King George IV in George Washington.  Mr W was:

"The Man Who Refused to Be King!"

TO BE CONTINUED in next post ...

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