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George Washington's farewell address on exhibit at New York State Museum in Albany
George Washington Dress Sword (detail), 18th century. George Washington Relics, New York State Library.
ALBANY, NY.- A special three-day exhibition, From New York to the White House, New York Residents Who Became President, will open Friday, February 15, 2013 in the lobby of the New York State Museum. The exhibit features the original draft of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address, penned is his hand.

On display through Sunday, February 17, 2013, the exhibition will honor the nation’s first president as well as New York’s political leaders who rose to the presidency, including Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The exhibition will include several important artifacts from the George Washington Collection at the New York State Library, including an original draft of George Washington’s Farewell Address, penned in his hand, which was sent to Alexander Hamilton for comment and revision on May 15, 1796. It was rescued from the fire that ravaged the State Capitol in 1911. One of Washington ’s dress swords will also be on display. According to Washington family tradition, the sword was presented to Washington by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia . The sword was purchased by the State of New York directly from Washington ’s family in 1871 and is depicted in the Washington portrait that hangs in the United States House of Representatives.

The exhibition will also include pages from an extremely rare volume entitled “A Representation of the Cloathing of His Majesty's Household and of all the Forces upon the Establishments of Great Britain and Ireland , 1742”. This collection of colored engravings of British military uniforms was given to Washington in 1787.

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