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In 1784, a statue of George Washington was commissioned to be carved in the finest marble. Thomas Jefferson chose French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon to complete the statue. It was dated 1788 but not received in Richmond, Virginia, until 1796. Hubard cast six bronze copies of the statue and the Gorham Company of New York has cast nineteen since 1909.
In 1853, William James Hubard received authorization to make bronze copies of the Houdon statue of George Washington which has been in the Virginia capitol since 1796. Hubard offered the second copy of the statue to North Carolina, but because of conflicts within the General Assembly, it was not dedicated until July 1857. The statue stands on Capitol Square in Raleigh.
President George Washington toured the United States during his first presidency to determine the virility of the country's people. In 1791, President Washington visited Guilford, North Carolina and met the Quakers who had settled in the area. The Quakers presented Washington with a feast and a quiet evening of dining after he visited the battleground of Guilford Courthouse.
Grimes recounts interesting and entertaining information found in historical records about President Washington's visit to North Carolina in the spring of 1791.