George Washington's Baptism,

An Official Act of Congress 7 - 16 - 1894 Accepts Evidence

There is far more evidence that General George Washington was Baptized by immersion during the Revolutionary War than there is that Julius Caesar ever even existed!

> > Yet Julius Caesar's existence is question by almost no one, though the evidence is scant.

> > While George Washington's Baptism - with amazing evidence - is questioned by all atheists, all skeptics-agnostics college Professors, all Christ-haters and non-Christians who want to turn the USA in to a pagan-homosexual society.


Research performed by Richard St. James at William Jewell College Library in Liberty

The following is intended to be a copy of the Bulletin of William Jewell College, Series No. 24, September 15, 1926, No. 1, By L. C. Barnes, "Entered April 2, 1909, at Liberty, Missouri, as second-class Matter under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894.

"The Huguenot-Reformed Baptist Minister, The Soldier, Pastor, Evangelist and Chaplain John Gano:

> > Reformed Princeton Scholar Alumni;

> > Founder of Brown's University at Providence Rhode Island (Original Trustee and Fellow);

> > Founder of First Baptist Church in New York City;

> > Chosen by General George Washington to pray the "Official Public Prayer" to End the Revolutionary War;

> > Buried in honor in a Military Cemetery in Kentucky by Daniel Boone;

Eyewitness Evidence for George Washington's Baptism:

[1] Witnessed by The Evangelist, Pastor, Soldier and Chaplain, The Rev. John Gano, personal Friend of George Washington; Princeton Alumni, Founder of the First baptist Church in New York City, and Founder of Brown University (A Baptist School at the time) at Providence Rhode Island);

[3] Witnessed by Officer Daniel Gano, Captain of artillery in the Revolutionary War, and Chaplain John Gano's Eldest son, who served in the Revolutionary War with General George Washington, and offers a first-hand account of his baptism by his father.

[3] Witnessed by the Medical Surgeon, Dr. Stephen Gano,who had been a surgeon in General George Washington’s Army and was, like General Washington, a devoted member of the Masonic Fraternity, and who believing in private baptism, should not have published the matter to the world is only what we should expect.

Dr. Gano was for thirty-six years pastor of the First Baptist Church in Providence, R. I. (Home of Brown's University). However, Dr. Stephen Gano, M.D., did give his eyewitness evidence to Daniel (David) Benedict, the author of The History of the American Baptists, to record for all posterity two important facts:

> > First of all for the American Baptists to know, that indeed, an Ordained Baptist Minister, Founder of the First Baptist Church in New York City, and Founder of Brown's University at Providence, Rhode Island, (Then a Baptist College) - The Rev. Dr. John Brown, who had Baptized General George Washington by immersion, and was called upon by General Washington to pray the Official Prayer ending the Revolutionary War in 1783;

> > Secondly, the General George Washington, President of the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787 and twice unanimously elected President of the United States and named the "Father of Our Country" had been "Baptized by immersion, as an adult, according to the Scriptures according to Baptist doctrine"'

> > as Washington had never (a) joined the Anglican Church of England, (b) never been confirmed by them, (c) Refused to receive Communion from their table, not approving of Church where a Political King was the head ruler and above the law himself, to whom all members must swear allegiance;

[4] The son of Captain Daniel Gano (also named Daniel) said that, when he was seven years old, he witnessed a Baptism of Gen George Washington. He, (Daniel Gano), later moved to Kentucky, and lived there to past ninety years of age, and often related the circumstances of this baptism to his neighbors and friends.


First Written Statement, August 11, 1874, Missouri;

This is a three-fold witness:

(1) Jacob Creath's mother was personally told about the Baptism of Washington by the Baptist Historian Daniel (David) Benedict, who was told directly by Doctor Stephen Gano, medical Surgeon in Washington;s army who witnessed Washington's baptism.

(2) Jacob Creath read about it for himself in the book "The Life of John Gano";

(3) Jacob Creath's uncle - Jacob Creath Sr., was a Minister who followed Chaplain John Gano - Washington's Baptizer - in his pastorate in Kentucky and heard the story first-hand from the baptizer who spoke of it often, and from all the people at that pastorate where Chaplain Gano had pastored for many years.

The First Statement reads:

“Being requested by my brother, Joseph W. D. Creath of Texas, who is now at my house, I make the following statement of facts:

In 1810 Daniel (David) Benedict [RESEARCHERS NOTE: It seems the date was 1818] the author of The History of the American Baptists, staid at my father’s house in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, some ten days, during which time I distributed his history, to which my father obtained a number of subscribers;

and while he was at my father’s house he gave my mother The Life of Doctor John Gano, who, he told mother, was Chaplain to General Washington’s army during the revolutionary war and that he, Gano, immersed Washington during the war privately, and that Washington did not wish it known;

and this statement he, David Benedict, received from his father-in-law Stephen Gano of Rhode Island, and he received it from his father who moved from the Eastern states and settled in Town Fork, in Fayette County, Ky., near Lexington, and had the care of the Baptist church there;

and my uncle, Jacob Creath, Sr., succeeded him in the pastorate of said church, as he told me and as I believe he did and as I heard others say,

I saw and read The Life of Gano which Benedict gave to my mother, and I beard her often relate what Benedict told her respecting the baptism of Washington by Doctor Gano, who died in Kentucky.

Jacob Creath, Palmyra, Mo. August 11, 1874.”

Second Statement, First Affidavit, August 10, 1889, Missouri;

"State of Kentucky.”

To whom it may concern: I, Margaret Ewing (nee Gano) aged 90 years last May, being of sound mind and memory, make this statement: I have often heard my aunt Margaret Hubbell (nee Gano), the eldest daughter of Rev. John Gano, say that her father told her that be baptized General George Washington, at Valley Forge, to the best of my recollection.

She, Mrs. Hubbell, also said that General Washington, for prudent reasons did not desire that his baptism should be made public. Rev, John Gano was a Chaplain in the Revolutionary War and an intimate personal friend of General Washington.

Margaret Ewing

Subscribed and sworn to in my presence this 10th day of August, 1889.

Stephen G, Long Notary Public

Third Statement, Second Affidavit, August 16, 1889, Kentucky;

"State of Kentucky" Georgetown, Ky. Aug. 16, 1889

“I am the grandson of Rev. John Gano, now in my eighty-third year, and the brother of Mrs. Margaret Ewing. I was raised from my fifth year to manhood by Mrs. Margaret Hubbell (nee Gano), I have heard her say that her father baptized (immersed) General Washington.

Stephen F. Gano, M.D.

Subscribed and sworn to in my presence this 16th day of August, 1889.

Stephen G. Long, Notary Public, "State of Kentucky”


Fourth Statement, 1889, Providence R.I.;

Miss Maria Benedict, in 1889, living in Providence, R. I., [Where Rev. Gano who Baptized Washington and his medical Doctor Son Stephen Gano, along with the American Baptist Historian Daniel (David) Benedict Founded Brown University as a Baptist College],

the daughter of David Benedict, the account of her father’s statement seemed reasonable and trustworthy.


Fifth Statement, Third Affidavit, March 27, 1891, Texas;

”Dallas, Texas, March 27, 1891

The tradition in our family of the immersion of George Washington by my great-grandfather near Valley Forge I have heard from my childhood, and never had any knowledge of any one doubting it until my attention was called to the fact, that was due to the fact, partly that General Washington demanded in a quiet way and wished no demonstration made over it,

and partly to the fact that it was not according to Baptist usage to immerse any one who was not received into the Baptist church.

But the Gano and Ewing and Beal and many other families with whom I have conversed both in Kentucky and in Virginia have the tradition in their Families. But among all with whom I ever conversed, old uncle Daniel Gano, the oldest son of John Gano, the minister who immersed Washington, knew most.

Said Daniel Gano was a captain of artillery in the Revolutionary War, at which time his father was Chaplain. He died in Scott County, Kentucky, at about the age of 94 years, when I was a youth. I remember his appearance and conversational manner well. But being about a half a century since I cannot recollect exactly what he said about the immersion of General Washington by his father.

But I do remember the impression made upon my mind that he knew more about it than any one I had ever seen. But I cannot say at this remote date that he was an eye witness of the immersion, I have talked with some who were eye witnesses. I have the impression that there were about forty-two witnesses present.

R. M. Gano, State of Texas, County of Dallas

This day personally appeared R. M. Gano, who being duly sworn, said the foregoing was true to the best of his knowledge and belief.

Witness my hand and official seal of office, this 27th day of March, 1891.

S. B. Scott, County Clerk, Dallas, Texas by W. E. Keller, Dep’ty”


The most doubtful point in this testimony is as to the number of witnesses. Exactly that point Gen. Gano states in a doubtful way. His doubt on this point is therefore confirmatory of the reliability of his memory.

A similar remark is true of Margaret Ewing’s way of referring to Valley Forge as the locality. Gen. Gano however refers to Valley Forge without using any mark of less certain recollection in that particular. There is a natural presumption in favor of the vicinity of Morristown or Newberg. But there is no impossibility in its having been at Valley Forge. The place is a matter of no consequence.


These testimonies were obtained for the present writer, in 1889, by the courteous aid of Rev. R. M. Dudley, D, D., President of Georgetown College, Kentucky. The fact that they have lain 37 years unpublished is but an illustration of how easily “perishable the remembrance” of such a fact might be, even in the hands of one who had taken a real interest in preserving it.

This two-fold testimony seems to make it certain that Chaplain John Gano told his eldest daughter that he baptized General George Washington. There is no known reason for doubting the competence or the veracity of any of the links in this evidence.

In fact, there is only one link between the witnesses and the man who performed the service. Such evidence is not to be whiffed away. It is either to be accepted or disproved. If disproved, it must be by something more substantial than conjectural hypotheses.

But it does not stand alone.

The testimony in the second independent line was originally printed in some paper, the name of which is not known. It was reprinted in the “Watchman” of Boston 1889. It contains two slight errors, to be noted in the reading, which have however no bearing on the point in question. The incidental facts of geography and of personal history introduced have been carefully and fully verified and found correct.

The only reason known for hesitation as to this statement is the wonder that David Benedict, the Baptist historian, should have told this in Virginia and not, so far as is recorded, elsewhere. That his common reticence on the subject should have been broken at this one point only, could not be effectually denied, however, unless one knew all the outward and psychological conditions of the case.

Exceptional action is not unnatural.

To Miss Maria Benedict, living in Providence, R. I., in 1889, the daughter of David Benedict, the account of her father’s statement seemed reasonable and trustworthy. That Stephen Gano, who had been a surgeon in Washington’s army and was like his General a devoted member of the Masonic Fraternity, and who believed in private baptism, should not have published the matter to the world is only what we should expect.

The line of evidence, therefore, reaching back to Chaplain Gano, through David Benedict and Stephen Gano, is especially strong. Could anything but a fact have run that gauntlet and survived?


If incidental features of the testimony were in much greater doubt than they are, the validity of the evidence as to the main fact would not be thereby shaken. There is no conflict in the testimonies. Three distinct lines of transmission assent that three children of Chaplain Gano;

his eldest daughter, his eldest son, and his physician-minister son, the two sons having been fellow-officers with their father in General Washington’s army – that these three children believed that their father baptized Washington.

With two of the children our sworn witnesses have personally talked. By one of these children two of our witnesses were reared from childhood. One of these two witnesses is a physician who may be supposed to know something of the value of evidence. With the daughter of Chaplain Gano he was reared to manhood.

How did time children of the Chaplain who were adults at the time in discussion come to believe, so as to instill it into others without a question that their father baptized Washington? The evidence makes the interrogation insistent. How would this answer do, the baptism was a fact?

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