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Can you imagine a country like the U.S.A. without it? It would be the same empty feeling as not knowing your birth mother. We are children of this country and to respect it is to know about it.

Abraham Washington is the owner and curator of the Capitol Preservation Society in Rivet City in 2277.

Background

Washington, who is 45 in 2277,[Non-game 1] continues the work started by his parents, who were completely devoted to their passion: history. The Capitol Preservation Society is, for all intents and purposes, his one and only love, and he leads a life of a hermit within. He often talks to himself, is devoid of social skills, and holds a deeper emotional connection to his collection than most humans.[Non-game 1] Amongst other things, he maintains a semi-private yet simultaneously boastful, misogynistic attitude. Evidence of this is seen on his terminal, located in the side bedroom across from the main entrance to the Capitol Preservation Society. The end of the terminal entry "Declaration Expedition" states, "That's what I get for getting a woman to do a man's job!", referring to Sydney, the previous relic hunter he sent in search of the Declaration of Independence, whom he assumes likely ran off with the caps that he paid her in advance.[1]

Washington has a peculiar understanding of history. Though he has a very proper respect for historical artifacts and understands the importance of preserving them, he lacks the necessary scientific regimen to properly reconstruct it and ends up with a strange version of history. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Abraham Lincoln, leading him to compare all U.S. presidents to him and discrediting everyone, including other U.S. leaders such as James Monroe. However, his drive to preserve the nation's history also leads him to great things, such as hiring travelers to recover important artifacts and preserve them in Rivet City.[2]

Daily schedule

As its curator, he is normally seen walking around Capitol Preservation Society rooms and sometimes around other parts nearby. According to Sydney, he asks every traveler who comes through to retrieve the Declaration of Independence.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).

Quests

Other interactions

On July the 4th in 1776, a group calling themselves the Second Judgmental Congress got together at Fort McHarry in Maryland. After a ceremony which ended with Paul Revere singing the famous battle hymn known as the National Anthem, the document was signed. From there, it was sent to England by plane presumably and presented to King George himself. Thus began the Evolutionary War.

When asked about the history of the Declaration of Independence, Washington will produce the above story. It is an example of the desolation caused in historical knowledge caused by the Great War. The primary errors are the mention of "Fort McHarry" (a maiming of Fort McHenry, further incorrect due to the fact that it was built years afterwards and the Declaration was signed in Philadelphia, not Maryland), the "Second Judgemental Congress" (instead of the Second Continental Congress), the fact that it was taken to Britain by plane, and calling the American Revolutionary War the "Evolutionary War." However, Three Dog seems to know more about the document's history.

Inventory

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Apparel Weapon Other items
Dirty pre-War relaxedwear
Reading glasses
Lincoln's repeater* Abraham Washington's key (also a small chance of random food item)

* Only after being sold Lincoln's repeater.

Fallout Shelter

Notes

Since he is considered "essential," attempting to kill him will only result in him losing consciousness. When he awakes, he will always be non-hostile.

Notable quotes

  • "Abraham Washington's the name... curator of this little slice of American History."
  • "By bringing this to me, do you realize you've just written yourself into the history books? But enough of that, allow me to present you with some sort of compensation for your deed."
  • "Each of the documents in this room tells a small but important story about the history of the United States of America. Unfortunately, the greatest prize of all is missing from the collection."
  • "On July the 4th in 1776, a group calling themselves the Second Judgmental Congress got together at Fort McHarry in Maryland. After a ceremony which ended with Paul Revere singing the famous battle hymn known as the National Anthem, the document was signed. From there, it was sent to England by plane presumably and presented to King George himself. Thus began the Evolutionary War."

Appearances

Abraham Washington appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout Shelter.

Behind the scenes

His name is a portmanteau of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, two of the United States' most influential presidents.

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References

Non-game sources
  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.59: "Abraham Washington
    Washington, 45, continues the work started by his parents, who were just as passionate about preserving their heritage as residents of the nation's capital. He's a virtual shut-in at his Capitol Preservation Society. Abraham is one of those classic social outcasts who talks to himself all the time. He has almost no social skills and has a deeper emotional connection to his historical objects than he does to any human being. He requests that you help him locate some documents in Miscellaneous Quest: Stealing Independence."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
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