Primary Sources


“George Washington: A National Treasure.” 30 January 2009
http://georgewashington.si.edu/life/links.html.

This source gives primary information and quotes made by George Washington. It also gives a list of several other sources of primary information.


“George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress 1741-1799.”
The Library of Congress:
American Memory. 20 Nov. 2008 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml.

This primary Source contains approximately 65,000 original documents related to George Washington.


“Inaugural Addresses of Presidents of the United States: George Washington.”.”
Bartleby.com. 1989. 29 January 2009 http://bartleby.com/124/pres13.html.

This is the text of George Washington’s two inaugural addresses.


“Presidential Document Archive.”
The American Presidency Project. 16 Nov. 2008
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index_docs.php.

This website gives useful primary sources such as papers written by the Presidents, Inau-gural Addresses, and State of the Union Addresses.


“The Papers of George Washington.” 30 January 2009
http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/index.html.

This website is a collection of articles and documents pertaining to George Washington. It also contains over 135,000 copies of manuscripts about Washington’s life.




Secondary Sources



"Biography of George Washington." The White House. 16 Nov. 2008 http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gw1.html.

This website gives a brief summary of Washington’s life. It also explains why Washing-ton took many of the actions that he did.


Fishman, Ethan, William D. Pederson, and Mark J. Rozell, eds.
George Washington: Foundation of Presidential Leadership and Character. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004. Questia. 20 Nov. 2008 http://www.questia.com.

This source evaluates Washington's character and discusses in detail how his character enabled him to become one of the country’s greatest leaders. It also discusses his mili-tary career in detail.


"George Washington."
Geocities. Yahoo! 19 Nov. 2008 http://www.geocities.com/presfacts/washington.html.

This site gives several fun facts about George Washington that are unusual and not very widely known.


"George Washington (1732-1799): Impact and Legacy."
American President: An Online Refer-ence Resource. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. 15 Nov. 2008 http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/washington/essays/biography/9.

This website explains the precedents that George Washington set during his Presidency, such as appointing a Cabinet, setting two Presidential terms, selecting Supreme Court Justices, exercising veto power, and several others. The site also provides a timeline which lists the key events of his Presidency.


"George Washington 1732-1799."
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. National Mu-seum of American History. 16 Nov. 2008 http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/home.html.

This paragraph gives some basic information on how Washington set precedents for fu-ture Presidents.


"George Washington."
Wikipedia. 19 Nov. 2008. 19 Nov. 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/george_washington.

This website discusses Washington’s life in detail, including his childhood, military life, political career, personal life, religious beliefs, etc.


"George Washington's Legacy."
Wikipedia. 20 Oct. 2008. 19 Nov. 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/george_washington%27s_legacy.

This mainly discusses Washington’s legacy. It notes public opinion about his actions as well as the many monuments and memorials that were created in his honor.


Gregg II, Gary L., and Matthew Spalding.
Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 1999.

This book explains that since Article II of the Constitution was very vague, Washington had to define what a President would and would not do. It discusses numerous prece-dents he set including appointing a cabinet, a two term limit, executive privilege and oth-ers.


The History Channel. A&E Television Networks. 16 Nov. 2008 http://www.history.com.

This site provided numerous videos about Washington, the importance of his Presidency, and informative stories about his family. It also contained numerous videos about the new nation.


Kobasa, Paul A., ed.
The World Book of America's Presidents. Chicago, IL: World Book, 2006.

This book offers good pictures, background, and achievements of George Washington and his Presidency.


Longley, Robert. "George Washington the Man."
US Government Info. About.com. 19 Nov. 2008 http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepresidentandcabinet/a/gwtheman.htm.

This article provides some trivia about Washington. It also gives some entries that were taken from Washington’s personal diaries.


Pederson, William D., Mark J. Rozell, and Frank J. Williams.
George Washington and the Ori-gins of the American Presidency. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2000. Questia. 20 Nov. 2008 http://www.questia.com.

This book examines George Washington's positive qualities and how he defined the role of the President.


"Presidency of George Washington."
Wikipedia. 17 Nov. 2008. 19 Nov. 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/presidency_of_george_washington.

This provides a very in depth account of George Washington’s years as President.


"President of the United States."
Wikipedia. 16 Nov. 2008. 16 Nov. 2008 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/president_of_the_united_states.

This tells about the duties and responsibilities of the Presidency.


Roberts, Jeremy.
George Washington. New York: Lerner Group, 2004.

This book tells about the challenges and hardships George Washington faced during his term as President and how he reacted to them. A timeline of important events is included in this book.


Rozell, Mark J.
Washington and the Origins of Presidential Power. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 1999. Questia. 20 Nov. 2008 http://www.questia.com.

This source explains how Washington acted with the awareness that what he would do during his terms as President would affect his predecessors. It also provides quotes made by Washington and gives other people's opinion of his character.


Sullivan, George.
Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1984.

This book gives a brief summary of Washington's Presidency along with a description of the president's powers and responsibilities.


Summers, Robert S. "George Washington."
Presidents of the United States. 12 July 2008. PO-TUS. 19 Nov. 2008 http://www.potus.com.

This tells about Washington’s background, gives the election results, provides details on his Cabinet selections, etc.


"Timeline: George Washington's Life."
Rediscovering George Washington. 2002. The Claremont Institute. 15 Nov. 2008 http://pbs.org/georgewashington/timeline/presidency.html.

This website gives a detailed timeline on the Presidency of George Washington.


Warren, Sidney, ed.
The American President. Englewood, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1967.

This book contains viewpoints of different writers who reflect on Washington's Presi-dency and how other Presidents followed in his steps.


"Washington's Legacy."
HISTORY: George Washington. National Park Service. 15 Nov. 2008 http://www.nps.gov/history/logcabin/html/gw6.html.

This site provides a brief summary of Washington’s legacy. It also discusses how Wash-ington was respected by his successors, such as Abraham Lincoln.