- Jan 18, 2009
King George I Washington, King of the United States
(From: The Royal Pageant 12th Edition, Kennedy, Cohen, Bailey.)
The Formation of Kingdom (1785 – 1790)
The only event that was required for the creation of the United Kingdom of States was the sending of a letter on behalf of the officers of Colonel Lewis Nicola. This letter was sent to Washington in 1785, during the height of the Articles of Confederation weakness. Colonel Nicola had planned on sending the letter to Washington in 1783, but he decided to first garner support for “King George I Washington” prior to his attempt to make that title official.
The Colonel’s work was supported by Northern Merchants, who sought the stability of a monarchial patriarch for the nation and by Southern Planters, who felt that they could work their way into positions in the hypothetical Washington Court. He was joined in his quiet campaign by lawyer Alexander Hamilton who saw a Washingtonian Kingdom as an opportunity to both pass his economic system and as a way of centralizing the nation overall. The only major opposition to the idea came from the dedicated republicans and the fervently anti-federal.
When the letter was sent to Washington in December of 1785, it gave him pause, he was of the opinion that the Articles were a problem for the country, but he was unwilling to commit to an action he felt was tyrannical. The letter had predicated this reaction, and Hamilton and his supporters had already had a plan to convince Washington: They proposed that when he agreed to become King, Washington set about creating a new government with a conference. In the End he accepted the office of King and set about to create a conference to form a Constitution for his Kingdom.