Resignation of General Washington

A Painting by John Trumbull

Happening Truth

General George Washington resigned from his post as commander in chief of the army on December 3, 1783. Washington stood before the men of the congress in the state house. After a wonderful job in taking over the world's strongest army, Washington had become a very popular general rejoiced by most of the colonists in America. He was even respected by most of the ruling elite. Upon receiving his resignation it was believed he was mostly retired, that was the end of Washington. A massive feast was commissioned for him before he returned to his peaceful life. Late however, we know that Washington comes back to be elected as the president of the United States.

Story Truth

Washington stands in the middle of the old senate house in Maryland. He is illuminated by almost heavenly light from above as he addresses a sizable audience of respectable men. Key figures can be noted receiving Washington as he calmly extends his letter forward. The room feels chilled by a silent air without an ounce of action. A coin drop could echo of the walls of the senate house. This resignation of power was a tremendous display of moral obligation to not only the forming government and country, but to the people as well. Washington showed restraint to prevent creating the very monarchical style government they had just fought to leave.