Washington Sets Out From Mount Vernon to be Inaugurated as President
Painting of George Washington Leaving Mount Vernon for his inauguration as President in New York City by John Ward Dunsmore
Engraving/print of Washington leaving Mount Vernon for his inauguration as President in New York City
While Washington owned a lot of land, he also was in debt as a result of the neglect of his Mount Vernon plantation during the Revolutionary War and had very little cash. As a result, Washington had to borrow money to pay for his trip to New York for his inauguration. In this regard, above is an illustration of Washington being cheered by his neighbors as he set out in his carriage from Mount Vernon on his trip to New York City for his inauguration as our nation’s first President.