I've been meaning to ask about this for a while. Gano Chapel at William Jewell College has a painting showing George Washington being baptized by John Gano, a Baptist pastor who was serving as a chaplain during the Revolutionary War. There are several versions; the most cogent is probably by Charles Koller: There are some other garbled versions, some of which say the painting depicts a baptism in the Potomac. THE IRON PEN This is appears to be incorrect; Gano was a chaplain for New Yorkers and the time referenced would make the baptism, if it happened, as occurring in the Hudson. But does anyone know the original source? I have not been able to find the story corrobrated by Gano or his descendants; the best I can find is a reference that attributes the story to Washington's "landlord" while he was a Newburg. Thomas Armitage spends a good deal of time with Gano in his A History of the Baptists, but doesn't mention the story. Is there any provenance for this account?