George Washington Prize

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The George Washington Prize is a $50,000 award co-sponsored by Washington College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Founded in 2005, the prize recognizes the year’s best works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history. For more information on the George Washington Prize, click here.

Submissions should be sent to:
George Washington Prize
101 South Water Street
Chestertown MD 21620


George Washington Prize Winners

2018
Kevin J. Hayes
George Washington: A Life in Books (Oxford, 2017)

2017
Nathaniel Philbrick
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking, 2016)

2016
Flora Fraser
The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Joind by Friendship, Crownd by Love" (Knopf, 2015)

2015
Nick Bunker
An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (Knopf, 2014)

Special Acheivement Award
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton: An American Musical

2014
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Yale, 2013)

2013
Stephen Brumwell

George Washington: Gentleman Warrior (Quercus, 2012)

2012
Maya Jasanoff

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (Knopf, 2011)

2011
Pauline Maier

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788 (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

2010
Richard Beeman

Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House, 2009)

2009
Annette Gordon-Reed

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton and Company, 2008)

2008
Marcus Rediker
The Slave Ship: A Human History (Viking, 2007)

2007
Charles Rappleye
Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2006)

2006
Stacy Schiff
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt and Company, 2005)

2005
Ron Chernow
Alexander Hamilton (Penguin Press, 2004)