Historic George Washington Document Stops In Eastern Iowa

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Mark Carlson

WEST BRANCH, Iowa - A historic document will be on display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch through the weekend. George Washington’s personal Constitution, known as the Acts of Congress, has been at the museum since late July. The document includes actual markings from the first president, which indicate the important role it played in shaping the office.

“[Washington marked] those duties that were required of the president,” said Thomas Schwartz, director of the Hoover museum. “He wanted to get it right.”

The book was recently purchased at auction by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association for more than $8 million, Schwartz said. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is a national historic preservation organization based in Virginia.

The Acts of Congress is in the process of visiting all 13 Presidential Libraries. After the tour the book will take a permanent residence at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington in Virginia.

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