WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS2George Washington was this countries first and possibly greatest President of all time. Washington set precedence after not seeking re-election for a third term and penned a letter to theAmerican people that later became known as his Farewell Address written in 1796. While many American’s wanted him to pursue a third term, he decided after much thought and careful consideration that he would like to step back from the public eye. Washington also noted how gratitude to the citizens and that the Constitution “which is a work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained.” (Washington, p 8). He wrote about many topics that are just as pertinent inpolitics two hundred years ago as they are in present day. One of the most recurring themes in his letter was focusing on topics that would unite not only the newly appointed representatives but the American people as well. The purpose of this essay to is to analyze several of these recurring themes.Washington’s Farewell AddressGeorge Washington’s retirement from politics comes at the capstone of a very tumultuoustime period in American history. Washington was born in Virginia in 1732. In his late teens to early twenties, he was very active in the Virginia Militia and took part in numerous campaigns against foreign powers.