George Washington

Post Presidency

What did Washington do in retirement?

Washington and his wife, Martha, returned to Mount Vernon, where he stayed busy on his estate. He became involved in discussions with Alexander Hamilton and other members of President Adams’s cabinet about possibly coming out of retirement to lead the U.S. military again in case of a French invasion. But, for the most part, Washington lived a relatively quiet life at Mount Vernon for the few years that he had left.


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