George Washington Lapel Pins – Made in China? A Letter


I recently received a letter from Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens with an enclosed lapel pin. The letter stated: “It’s his (George Washington’s) character and integrity … that has led me (Susan Magill, Vice President for Advancement) to call this pin ‘The Leadership Pin.’ Of all the virtues we can attribute to George Washington, his leadership is foremost.”

┬áThat is why I was so surprised and greatly disappointed that the envelope that contained the Leadership Pin has a “Made in China” sticker affixed to it. One of the ways George Washington demonstrated his leadership for our new nation was to insist on wearing American-made clothing for his first inauguration in spite of the difficulty and expense of obtaining such clothing.


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