Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

By Edwin Gill; David Leroy Corbitt | Go to book overview

Although intensely American, the character of Washington has a universal appeal. The Italian sculptor Canova, acting under a commission from the legislature of our States, carved the statue of Washington of purest Carrara marble. He clothed him in the style of a Roman statesman of many centuries ago, thus conveying the thought that Washington belongs to every age and every people.

Now, therefore, I, O. Max Gardner, governor of North Carolina, do proclaim the period beginning February 22, 1932, and ending November 24, 1932, as a time of special observance of the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington. Let all our people, old and young, regardless of creed, race, or party, join the Nation in paying tribute in appropriate manner to the memory of George Washington, keeping alive the name of this perfect patriot--"that future generations of American citizens may live according to the example and precepts of his exalted life and character and thus perpetuate the American Republic."

[SEAL]

Done at our capital City of Raleigh, this the
first day of February, in the year of our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and thirty-two and
in the one hundred and fifty-sixth year of Amer-
ican Independence.

O. MAX Gardner, Governor.

By the Governor:
EDWIN GILL,
Private Secretary.

-91-

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