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Washington Ceramic Mug
This 11oz ceramic mug features Washington’s face, and a bold quote.
Founding Father and President George Washington had close ties to Newport. He visited the city at least five times between 1756 and 1780, and Newport hosted the first public celebration of Washington’s birthday in 1781. Washington also embraced Newport’s dedication to religious freedom, and offered one of his most important speeches on the importance of religious tolerance to Newport’s Congregation Yeshuat Israel. Newport honors this connection today with Washington Street and Washington Square in downtown Newport.