Names for God used by George Washington

The book entitled “George Washington, the Christian” From page

“The terms one uses in referring to the Deity are an indication of his religious thinking, and of his conception of God and his attributes. In the quotations found in this book, Washington uses no less than fifty-four designations. In the following list are twenty-six more, which are found in his writings, but not quoted in this volume.

The page on which the name first occurs is given.”

So. He found a total of 80 different terms for reffering to God., I found one more “Great spirit“. That brings the total up to 81. Now, some might think George Washington was deist. But the same terms used by deist can be used by Christians. Indeed, I have heard many of the same terms used by men I know to trust Christ as their savior. Some might think George Washington a universalist – that he used the terms more convenient to his listeners – but remember that God is spirit, so Great Spirit would be an accurate appelation for God.

I noticed that George Washington wrote this to the Hebrews congregations in Savannah GA, wrote the following (an additional source is here):

May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, planted them in a promised land, whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation, still continue to water them with the dews of heaven and make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people whose God is Jehovah.

Having said that, here is the list of names found by the author of  George Washington, the Christian” to be used by George Washington


Almighty Being, 161.
Almighty Father, 126.
Almighty God, 81.
Almighty Ruler of the Universe, 113.
All-Kind Providence.
Ail-Powerful Guide, 150.
All-Powerful Providence, 47.
All-Wise Dispenser of Events, 70.
All-Wise Disposer of Events, 70.
All-Wise and Powerful Being, 111.
Author of All Good, 114.
Author of Blessings, 216.

Being, 72.
Beloved Son, 127.

Beneficent Author of All Good, 173.

Beneficent Being.

Benign Parent of the Human Race, 162.

Bountiful Providence, 119.

Creator, 172.

Deity, 165.

Dispenser of Human Events, 150.

Divine Author of Life and Felicity, 225.

Divine Author of Our Blessed Religion, 141.

Divine Author of the Universe.

Divine Beneficence, 215.

Divine Blessing.

Divine Goodness, 113.

Divine Government, 133.

Divine Providence, 164.

Giver of Life, 227.
Giver of Victory, 81.
God, 39.

God of Armies, 144.
Good Providence, 172.
Gracious and Beneficent Being.
Gracious God.
Gracious Providence.
Grand Architect of the Universe.
Great Arbiter of the Universe.
Great Author of All the Care and Good, 114.
Great Director of Events.
Great Disposer of Events.
Great Father of the Universe.
Great and Glorious Being, 173.

Great and Good Being, 111

Great Governor of the Universe, 164.

Great Power.

Great Ruler of Events.

Great Ruler of Nations, 216.

Great Searcher of Human Hearts.

Heaven, 69.

Heavenly Preserver, 125.


Kind Providence, 226.

Lord, 81.

Lord and Giver of All Victory, 77.

Lord of Hosts, 77.

Lord and Ruler of Nations, 174.


Most Gracious Being, 158.

Omnipotent Being, 155.
Overruling Providence.

Parent of the Universe.


Providence, 39.

Revelation, Pure and Benign Light of, 140.
Ruler of the Universe, 220.

Source of Blessings.

Sovereign Arbiter of the United States, 221.

Superintending Providence.

Supreme Architect.

Supreme Author of All Good, 112.

Supreme Being, 82.

Supreme Dispenser of Every Good.

Supreme Ruler of Nations, 214.

Supreme Ruler of the Universe, 171.

Wise Disposer of Events.
Wonder-Working Deity.

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