Washington Eulogized and Worshipped After His Death
Portrait of George Washington by Amos Dolittle, 1791
After his death, the entire nation went into mourning and held innumerable commemorative ceremonies to honor Washington. Perhaps the best known eulogy of Washington was that given by his friend Harry “Lighthorse” Lee that honored Washington as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen. It is ironic that Harry “Lighthorse” Lee’s son, future Civil War General Robert E. Lee, was later to marry Mary Anna Randolph Custis, the daughter of George Washington’s adopted grandson George Washington Parke Custis (“Washy”). After George Washington’s death, immediately plans were begun to build a number of monuments to him while innumerable artists churned out a massive number of paintings and prints of Washington.