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Nine days after the British retreated from America in 1783, Gen. George Washington, commanding general of the Continental Army, gathered his officers at Fraunces Tavern — a New York City establishment. In his speech, he informed them that he would be resigning his commission and returning to civilian life in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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On Sept. 19, 1796, Philadelphia's American Daily Advertiser published president George Washington’s farewell address. In the letter, Washington — who near the end of his second term announced his intention to decline a third term in public office — offered his thoughts, concerns, and hopes for the fledgling nation he helped create.

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