33. George Washington, Death and Mourning

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Meredith Eliassen

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch33

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Eliassen, M. (2012) George Washington, Death and Mourning, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch33

Author Information

  1. San Francisco State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935



  • George Washington's death;
  • Americans, grappling with economic fluctuations;
  • Washington, embodying virility, perfection, excellence;
  • Washington's death, providing an opportunity to unite;
  • Craik and Dick's, on Washington's last moments;
  • “like a Pole Star in a clear sky”;
  • Washington's oratorio, speaking directly to American youth;
  • The Mount Vernon Hymn (1800) by Jacob French;
  • process of nationalism, toward America's new cynosure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Washington's Death at the Century's End

  • The Republic's Long Farewell

  • The “Distaff” Side Mourns

  • The Reinvention of George Washington

  • Washington Remembered

  • List of Further Readings