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RWlawoffice, you might want to do a little more study on the issue. Considering that the only colleges in America at the time were Christian it is very misleading to imply that anyone who went there must have been a devout Christian. That would be like me saying that everyone who has graduated from Georgetown is a conservative Catholic, or that anyone who goes to Baylor is forevermore a Southern Baptist. I went to the fundamentalist Bob Jones University for a year and I’m an atheist.
It really is strange to claim that Jefferson was a devout Christian, it just shows you haven’t studied him much at all. Christian revisionist historians like to quote-mine him as saying that he considered himself a Christian, leaving out the part were he says he is a Christian in the only sense that anyone should be, which is respecting Jesus as a human who was a good moral teacher. Washington is harder to peg, because he was extremely secretive about his religious beliefs. I read a whole book by a couple Catholics trying hard to prove that he was a Christian, but there logic was really strained (like them ending the book by implying that since Washington was very moral and “by their fruits you shall know them” then he was probably a Christian). Communion is a huge part of the Episcopalian Church and while Washington’s wife would usually stay for it Washigton always left before communion. There is some evidence that Wahington did pray, but it is absolutely unclear to me whether he was liberal Christian or just on the border between a general theism and deism. Even if he was a Christian perhaps he was like John Adams (the most obviously Christian of the first five presidents) who didn’t believe in the Trinity or that Jesus was eternally divine. You might want to read John Fee’s book on the founders, he is a history teacher at an Evangelical Christian college and can clarify many of your confusions on this issue (he also has a blog).
I apologize in advance for spelling and grammar errors in this post. I wrote it on my iPhone, which usually doesn’t work out optimally.