December 26,  THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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December 26, 1799 – Four thousand people attend George Washington’s funeral where Henry Lee declares him as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Washington died at home around 10  p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 1799, aged 67. The last words in his diary were “‘Tis well.”Throughout the world, men and women were saddened by Washington’s death. Napoleon ordered 10 days of mourning throughout France; in the United States, thousands wore mourning clothes for months. To protect their privacy, Martha Washington burned the correspondence between her husband and her following his death. Only a total of five letters between the couple are known to have survived, two letters from Martha to George and three from him to Martha.Congressman Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, a Revolutionary War comrade, famously eulogized Washington: First in war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was…

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