Ashbrook Colloquium to Feature Discussion on Pomp and Circumstance in the Washington Presidency

Ashbrook Colloquium to Feature Discussion on Pomp and Circumstance in the Washington Presidency

9/17/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – David and Jeanne Heidler will speak on the topic of “Pomp and Circumstance in the Washington Presidency: The Protocols of Office” at an Ashbrook Center Colloquium on Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Nixon at (419) 207-6094 or

When George Washington became the nation’s first President on April 30, 1789, he had a monumental set of tasks before him, not the least of which was to establish respect for the republic and the office of the President. He took these tasks very seriously, and as a result established a set of precedents regarding how the President would behave in office and how he should be treated by others. Some thought him too formal, but that was Washington’s personality. He also believed it necessary to present an aloof presence to the world in order to establish the new government and its executive as important institutions. Some people did not understand.

David and Jeanne Heidler met and married while in graduate school at Auburn University. They both received their Ph.Ds. in United States history, specializing in the period from 1789 to 1865. David is currently retired from the classroom and Jeanne teaches at the United States Air Force Academy, where she is currently professor of History and chief of the American History Division. They have co-authored numerous presentations and articles on United States political and military history.

The Heidlers also are the authors or editors of 12 books, including “Old Hickory’s War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire,” the award winning “Encyclopedia of the American Civil War,” “Daily Life in the Early American Republic: Creating a New Nation,” “The Mexican War,” “Henry Clay: The Essential American” and most recently, “Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President,” which was published in March 2015 by Random House.

The Heidlers have been interviewed by numerous radio, television and print media, including C-Span’s Q&A, Book TV and NPR.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.