This Day in Georgia History
May 20, 1791
George Washington’s Third Day in Augusta
On his third day in Augusta, Pres. George Washington took a tour of the city and inspected the remains of British fortifications used during the Revolution. He also made a final visit to Richmond Academy, where he met with the faculty and witnessed the examination of students. While at Richmond Academy, Washington heard a speech given in honor of his visit by student (and future congressman) Augustin Clayton. Washington was so impressed that he awarded Clayton a copy of a work by ancient Roman historian Sallust.