Washington Resigns

By | Dec 23, 2008

It was more than two years after the British defeat at Yorktown. The Treaty of Paris had been signed on September 3rd and the last British ship had departed New York on December 3rd when General George Washington journeyed to Maryland’s State Capital in Annapolis.

Congress was meeting in the Maryland Senate Chamber when George Washington on December 23, 1783 resigned his commission as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

When he left for his home, Mount Vernon, early the next morning, he was for the first time in nine years a private citizen. He journeyed the entire day arriving shortly before nightfall on Christmas Eve.

Today the room where Washington resigned his commission is still there today. The old Senate Chamber has been restored to its 1783 appearance. It was also in this room that on February 2, 1781 the Maryland became the last state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

Maryland’s State House is still in use today, although it is currently closed for repairs, but will reopen before the Maryland legislature begins in January 2009. It is the oldest state house still in use.

Annapolis, Maryland served as the Capital of the United States from November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784.


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