MORRISTOWN, NJ— When George Washington was about to become the first President under the Constitution of the United States he said, “I walk on untrodden ground to shape America.”

Everything that George Washington did, from the inaugural oath, through the establishment of the U.S. Treasury and its financial system to the creation of the Coast Guard, cabinet meetings, appointment of ambassadors, appointment of the justices of the Supreme Court, his dealings with Congress, to the time when Washington unilaterally on his own volition, refused to run for a third term for the presidency of the United States, was a precedent. 

There can only be one Number One – and George Washington was that Number One, setting the guidelines for all future presidents. 

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Historian Rich Rosenthal will be at The Morristown & Morris Township Library to speak about our nation’s founding father on the 283rd anniversary of Washington’s actual birthday: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. 

This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.



Rich Rosenthal has lectured on numerous historical subjects and is president of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table, is a board member and one of the founding members––with pre-eminent New Jersey historian, the late John T. Cunningham––of the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table.