George Washington’s Copy of Constitution Goes on Display at Mount Vernon Estate
George Washington's annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. AP Photo/Mount Vernon Ladies Association, Mark Finkenstaedt. By: Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
After buying it at auction for nearly $10 million, George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is displaying the Founding Father’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association paid $9.8 million this summer to obtain the book, which has “President of the United States” on the cover and has handwritten notes and brackets by Washington around key passages outlining the president’s responsibilities.
Mount Vernon put the book on display Monday in its museum on the estate grounds.
The notes themselves are not especially profound. Washington bracketed sections of the Constitution that pertained directly to his powers as president, including his veto power and his duties as commander in chief and his responsibility for negotiating treaties and appointing ambassadors.
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