George Washington, Address of George Washington….on His Resignation


George Washington Sets Precedence



In 1796, as his second term in office drew to a close, President George Washington chose not to seek re-election. Mindful of the precedent his conduct set for future presidents, Washington feared that if he were to die while in office, Americans would view the presidency as a lifetime appointment. Instead, he decided to step down from power, providing the standard of a two-term limit that would eventually be enshrined in the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution. A scarce variant not mentioned Howes that is dated three days before the original publication in Howes! Published for the foreign market where it certainly had an impact, exhibiting that power steps down in a Republic. Very good; disbound. Washington. George. ADDRESS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON HIS RESIGNATION.  Edinburgh:  J. Mundell & Co., (17 September) 1796.  (Howes W-143).