Tobias Lear Portrait

The Tobias Lear Journal:
An Account of the Death of George Washington

Colonial Tobias Lear V (1762-1816) penned the only first-hand accounts of the death of George Washington in December of 1799. He was at Mount Vernon helping his friend and mentor, the…

Tobias Lear

The Tempestuous Life of Tobias Lear, George Washington’s In-Law

Col. Tobias Lear V, known as Toby to his friends, left his mark on the early history of the United States as an in-law and the personal secretary to George Washington. Read more

Tobias Lear Diary. Tobias Lear Diary, Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Am.09238), Dec. 10, 1799

Kline is the first historian to create a comprehensive annotation of the original Tobias Lear Journal, which is the only firsthand account of the death of George Washington. Read more

‘Tis Well: Tobias Lear and the Death of George Washington

Behind no fewer than four locked doors, nestled in HSP’s Treasures Vault, is a small pocket diary. At first glance it appears unremarkable, with a plain brown cover and no identifying markings or clues to… Read more

Education and Education Reform in Illinois

In an award winning, in-depth report, the author explores Illinois’ complicated and controversial history of funding through a combination of state, local, and federal sources, and its 906 public school districts. Read more.