Morgan, Daniel

SC — 17 January 1781.
Quebec City, QC, Canada — 31 December 1775.
NY — 19 September; 17 October 1777.
Chesnee, SC — A pasturing area at the time of the battle, the site covers 845 acres and is preserved to its 1781 appearance.
Stillwater, NY — Covering more than 3,500 acres, the park includes the 1777 battlefield, the Saratoga Monument, and the Schuyler House; includes a visitor center.

As in the case of his career as commander-in-chief, Washington’s most important act as president was his giving up the office. The significance of his retirement from the presidency is easily overlooked today, but his contemporaries knew what it meant. Most people assumed that Washington might be president as long as he lived, that he would be a kind of elected monarch like the king of Poland. Hence his retirement from the presidency enhanced his moral authority and set a precedent for future presidents.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)