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On horseback and dressed in character as his forefather, a great grandnephew of our country’s first president, Gen. George Washington, crosses the Potomac to Washington, DC on a mission to condemn the rising tide of nepotism and foreign meddling in national affairs.

WHO:        The author of Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America’s First President, Philip G. Smucker, in the character of Gen. Washington, his fifth great uncle.

WHAT:      In the name of the American meritocracy, “Washington goes to Washington” will petition congressional representatives to do more to put an end to nepotism and foreign meddling in U.S. affairs.

WHEN:       Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE:    U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senate office buildings. (Mr. Smucker will depart the gravesite of George Washington the same morning on horseback. Photos available.)


* Smucker, a research fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, retraces his ancestor’s achievements and code of honor in greater detail in his book, Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America’s First President. He speaks at Politics & Prose (Conn. Ave.) on July 22, and will also speak at the U.S. State Department and at Mount Vernon’s Ford Evening Book Talk, both on August 2.


Even as he spent his final days at Mount Vernon, George prepared for imminent war, ordering a new uniform that never arrived before his untimely death

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