Tuesday, September 15, 2009
September 15: Refused to Serve Three Terms (Vol. 43, pp. 233-249)
George Washington's "Farewell Address" was published on this day in 1796. It was his retirement notice, both a statement of his intention not run for a third term as president and some final advice for the still-young nation to follow. A prime example of a different, nobler age of political oratory.