Editor says, what if Washington had refused the Presidency (as well as the monarchy)? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the American Heroes thread.
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Editor says, an expanded version based on based on Robbie Taylor's original post.
 in reality he accepted the Presidency.
 in reality he was the first signatory on the petition.
 in reality General Washington noted that "the slave issue has AT LAST [been] put to rest AND will SCARCE awake".
These ideas are explored in "The Silence", a masterful essay by Joseph J. Ellis. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.