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George Washington

February 22, 1734 - December 14, 1799
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports [...]. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion [...]. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."source: In Washington's farewell address (Basic American Documents, pp. 108-9).necessity of religion, necessity of virtue, church and state

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