It was on this day in 1789 that General Washington was notified that he had been elected to serve as the first President of the United States under the new Constitution. He had planned on retiring to private life and resuming his activities at Mt. Vernon. Duty called and he answered. I believe it was divine providence that he served as our first President.
Quotes from Washington:
"If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have place my signature to it; . . . I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against . . . every species of religious persecution."
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe, without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the aid of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. Religion is as necessary to reason, as reason to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature had he not a Supreme Being to refer to."
"Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens."