Did President George Washington die a Catholic?

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Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George Washington

If he did, thanks be to God!

George Washington died a Catholic by Catholicism.org June 27, 2005

Slaves Held Washington Became a Catholic on His Deathbed by The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary October 14, 2008

– The same Fr. Neale?: Catholic Encyclopedia > Leonard Neale


President George Washington is an enigma
In Life

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The cornerstone was laid by president of the United States George Washington, assisted by the Grand Master of Maryland Joseph Clark, in a Masonic ritual.


In death
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George Washington
Sculpture by Horatio Greenough

In 1832, the U.S. Congress commissioned Greenough to create a statue of Washington for display in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. When the marble statue arrived in Washington, DC in 1841, however, it immediately generated controversy and criticism. Many found the sight of a half-naked Washington offensive, even comical. The statue was relocated to the east lawn of the Capitol in 1843. Disapproval continued and some joked that Washington was desperately reaching for his clothes, then on exhibit at the Patent Office several blocks to the north. In 1908, the statue was brought back indoors when Congress transferred it to the Smithsonian Castle, where it remained until 1964. It was then moved to the new Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History). The marble statue has been exhibited on the second floor of the museum since that time. – George Washington (Greenough) | Wikipedia

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The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865
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Detail showing George Washington

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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

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