Massachusetts Auction Includes George Washington's Last Will

Sep 21, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
Massachusetts Auction Includes George Washington's Last Will

A recent auction of a family's estate in Worcester, Massachusetts, included the last will and testament of George Washington, according to the Worcester Telegram.

The items at the auction, which took place at the DCU Center convention complex in Worcester, came from the Green family estate in the city, which has now become Green Hill Park. The majority of the items belonged to the late Andrew Haswell Green, who is best known for helping to consolidate the boroughs in New York City and helping to create Central Park, the New York Public Library and other institutions in the city, the news provider said.

In addition to a Hebrew script that sold for $33,000 and paintings that sold for thousands of dollars, the vast collection of items sold at the auction included George Washington's last will and testament, according to the news source. The will, which was printed in 1800 by printer Isaiah Thomas, was sold to Francis R. Carroll of Worcester for a lower-than-expected $16,000, according to the Telegram.

Carroll, who plans to add the will to his U.S. Presidential Museum in downtown Worcester, said he was thrilled about the rarity of the last will. "There are only 13 in existence," Carroll told the news provider.

Over the course of four days, approximately 400 people registered for the auction either in person or by phone, while some 200 more participated online in the U.S., Australia, Japan and Italy, among other countries, the news source said.