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

2016 Finalists: 

Mary Sarah Bilder
Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention (Harvard University Press)

Kathleen DuVal
Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House)

Flora Fraser
The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" (Knopf)

Robert Middlekauff
Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader (Knopf)

Janet Polasky
Revolutions without Borders: The Call for Liberty in the Atlantic World (Yale University Press)

David Preston
Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Oxford University Press)

John Sedgwick
War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation (Berkley) 


George Washington Prize Winners

2015
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hamilton: An American Musical

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

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)

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