- Typical Gig: 9 - 90 minutes
- Fee: Please contact for details, Honorariums negotiable
- Languages: English
A 30 year history teacher wrote, "What David McCullough and others are doing between the covers of books, Mr. Manship is doing in person, the substantive information combined with the pageantry of costume is an extraordinary entry into the life and times of an era…”
Passion or energy, scholarship on Washington and this Constitution, military and civic leadership experience, and facial appearance many folks say looks like Washington, combine to create a memorable experience for folks in the audience, such that George Washington comes alive.
George Washington LIVE! connects with the audience whether reading to children in a small group of "Revolutionary Readers", or in a class setting, an assembly for the entire school or college, or at a convention with hundreds, or an amphi-theater with thousands.
Northern Virginia Daily newspaper did a nice "multi-media" interview of my early 2008 visit in my previous uniform, boots and cap to Woodstock, Virginia. The Northern Virginia Daily has posted the interview online. The final photo is priceless, a red, white and blue hug!
The Capitol newspaper of Annapolis also had a nice slide show, but no longer maintains the link as active, however, I made a video of their slide show with my "narration" and posted to YouTube posted here on this website video section.
Additional Booking Notes
I have worked in many venues, from kindergarten classrooms to high school assemblies to law school auditoriums, from outdoor amphi-theaters, to university auditoriums and historic hotel theater stages, to church pulpits.
I have a "command voice", and also have sung solos, duets, and small groups as one of the "Founding Fathers and Sons of Liberty", and solo or in groups at public events, so can adapt to many situations. See the Hanover Courthouse video (end of the 10 minute video) to see how I lead the Citizens to sing in unison!
See George Washington come alive, with “George Washington LIVE!”
(NOTE: This is not concise, but please do a quick "scan read", to see if there is something that "grabs you". A slower read may be quite educational.)
[ALSO NOTE: George Washington enjoys coming to visit you with his dear Martha, or with any or many of his able aides Jefferson, Madison, Nelson, Reed, Lincoln, Lee, or another Lee. "Here a Lee, there a Lee, everywhere a Lee, Lee..." as sung in the Broadway Musical "1776"... And "The General" can even lead an Army (or a Choir) of Patriot Singers! Please ask for details...]
REACH OUT - shake HIS nation - Be “Revolutionary”
Resolve to Revolve America forward on
the firm Foundations of our Founding Fathers
Be an Actor on the American Stage -
like George Washington...
“A greater drama is being acted on the American stage
than heretofore has ever been acted in the world.”
~~ George Washington
In 1788, those wise words were penned by the President of the Constitution Convention, retired General George Washington, while waiting on the states to ratify the greatest accomplishment of his life, “this Constitution for the United States of America” - the Supreme statement of Statesmanship over Politics, a republic over a democracy, a light for Liberty all around the world, and one of the most Sacred documents in the History of Mankind.
Forty years later, in 1828, America’s Educator, and creator of America’s Dictionary, Noah Webster, who once applied, but was not chosen for a job at Mount Vernon as tutor of Martha Washington’s grandchildren, wrote the best-ever, three sentence “definition” of Washington:
“Literary power and statesmanship were combined in George Washington, the greatest political leader of his time and also the greatest intellectual and moral force of the Revolutionary period.
"Everybody knows Washington as a quiet member of the Virginia Assembly, of the two Continental Congresses, and of the Constitutional Convention.
"Few people realize that he was also the most voluminous American writer of his period, and that his principles of government have had more influence on the development of the American commonwealth than those of any other man.”
Statesmanship is Acting in the Role of a Leader.
As an “Actor” on the American Stage, one must know that not all “Acts” are “pretend”, or fiction or drama, even though dramatic, and “performed” by the “Actor”; or even legislative “Acts”.
In life are Acts of Courage, Acts of Kindness, Acts of Prayer, Acts of Grace, and Acts of God.
A man who acts as an elected servant of the Virginia Assembly votes on legislative Acts, and acts as an inspiring History teacher for over three decades, Delegate Lee Ware, wrote in 2002:
“What David McCullough and others are doing between the covers of printed books, Mr. Manship is doing in person, the substantive information combined with the pageantry of costume is an extraordinary entry into the life and times of an era…”
I say, “I seek to share a “three dimensional, living portrait of The President - ‘...first in the hearts of his countrymen’, George Washington, ‘ he was Second to None…’ ”
The three dimensions of which I speak are Washington’s Public Life for America, his Private Live with family, and his Prayer Life with His Lord, from boyhood on, that as President he said was his “First duty”.
Some public schools and institutions are skittish to hear about that third dimension, so I can share only two, or even one, still better than none. I can adjust to the desires of the organizers of whatever event may be planned.
Craftsmanship is key. I craft my “act”, my keynote, to your unique needs at your annual meeting, convention, conference, seminar, banquet, parade or function.
---> Please contact me to learn when I may be available for your function, or for information on hundreds of companies, associations, conventions, parades, press conferences, book festivals, schools, colleges, civic groups, or churches where “GW” has spoken with Americans, “Acting” as a Leader on the American Stage.
See George Washington come alive, with “George Washington LIVE!”
'States' Manship has five times received as George Washington standing ovations in the House of Delegates in Richmond, in 2001 and four other times, most recently 2011. 'States' Manship was appointed by Governor James S. Gilmore to serve on the Mount Vernon Board of Visitors from 1998 to 2001.
In 2008, 'States' Manship re-enacted the 225th "Birth of the Republic Day" resignation of General Washington to the Congress meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2010 and 2012, Manship as Washington was pictured in The New York Times, and in 2003 and 2012 in LIFE Magazine, as well as many other publications in other years.
Live His Story, Live History... See and hear J.R. 'States' Manship as George Washington LIVE!
1998 Appointed to Mount Vernon Board of Visitors by Governor Gilmore.
1999 Did over 100 GW "Dinner Theater" performances to over 5000 high school students visiting Washington on tours.
2000 Primary actor to dramatize several books presented at the all day George Washington "Man of the Millennium" Book Festival televised nationwide by C-SPAN TV.
2000 As GW, traveled over 30,000 miles in 5 months during election season, received over 30 news articles and photos.
2001 First of five Standing Ovations by Virginia House of Delegates for work on Washington's Birthday.
2001 Opening Invocation for Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Constitution Hall
2001 Patrick Henry Award for Outstanding Service from Governor Jim Gilmore
2003 "Revolutionary Christmas" playwright, invited to be the GW actor in that play at Regent University Theater.
2004 USS Enterprise Eagle Scout Awards Banquet speaker
2004 Navy Chaplains Convention Keynote Speaker on First Navy Flag, the Appeal to Heaven Flag, Liberty Tree Flag.
2005 First book on George Washington "Prayer Warrior Washington"
2007 Rejoined Civil Air Patrol, Public Affairs Officer, promoted to Major
2008 "A Civil Air for America" - second book on George Washington
2008 Promoted State of Maryland 225th anniversary of resignation of General Washington, key speaker at State Dinner with the Governor
2003 to 2015 Keynote speaker at fundraisers for many different groups and candidates
2010 Third book "Second to None: America's Washington"
2010 Featured in New York Times article on 6 November
2011 On C-SPAN as National Press Club Press Conference speaker
2012 LIFE magazine annual best photos edition, featured in
2012 Library of Congress awarded copyright on research and design of Washington Cruiser, Liberty Tree Flag, First Navy Flag (from 2004 Navy Chaplains keynote research and three years more research...)
2014 "Lead Off Speaker" on Independence Day at DAR - Constitution Hall as part of Celebrate America!
2014 Leading actor for American University student film, "When America Met China".
2015 Leading actor for Christ Church video of "Daily Sacrifice" prayers of George Washington