Washingtons Farewell Address

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Summary of George Washington’s

“Farewell Address”

Scott Craiger
GOVT –D12
Prof. Jesse Chupp
July 23, 2012

The Farewell Address is a speech given by George Washington in 1796 to the people of the United States. This speech was delivered close to the end of Washington’s second term in the Presidential office. The Farewell Address will, ultimately, be a key element of Washington’s legacy as it was one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In this speech, Washington hope was to lay the foundation for the United States political future. He expressed his wisdom and knowledge in running a country, despite his wild inexperience. Washington’s speech was both humbling and inspirational. The Farewell Address expressed three main points in an attempt to give advice to future leaders to follow in his footstep. First, he wanted to express his desire to NOT seek re-election for a third term. Second, was addressing his opinions on foreign policy. Third was advising the nation to avoid creating parties within the country. Throughout the speech, Washington offers his reasons behind these notions that will ultimately lead to a successful political landscape for our nation. Near the close of his second term, Washington decides to not take office for a third term. He states “I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.”** He realizes that this nation will have to choose a new leader, and does not believe they will have any difficulty in that. In his own humility, he realizes and divulges his own inexperience and hopes that future leaders will draw on his experiences in office to make wise decisions for the country moving forward. “Not unconscious in the outset of the inferiority of my qualifications.”** Washington realized even at the end of his first term that he did not want to be elected again, but due to the instability of the new nation,...
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