President Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

farewell addressPresident George Washington did not seek a third term, which set a precedent followed by presidents well into the 20th century.

In his farewell speech, he addressed the course the new nation ought to pursue in the future, especially regarding foreign relations.

It was published initially in 1796 in David Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser and was republished for many years in newspapers and as a pamphlet and read by many Americans.

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers.

For more information on this topic see our PowerPoint – The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams.