On this day in 1789, George Washington delivered the first Presidential Inaugural Address.
George Washington’s first inauguration took place at Federal Hall in New York City, where the first Congress was assembled. Keenly aware of the momentousness of the occasion, Washington accepted the Presidency and spoke of his determination to make the American experiment a success. All eight pages of the speech delivered to Congress are in George Washington’s own clear and distinctive handwriting.
Here are images of the opening of George Washington’s first inaugural address, April 30, 1789; and a portrait of President Washington hanging in the Oval Office of the White House, 11/5/1946. ID #199469
On this day in history.
If you’re in New York, go visit the spot. And be sure to check out
Library of America’s George Washington, a one-volume collection that includes 440 letters, orders, addresses and other writings, including a journal that 16-year-old Washington kept. Available as a print edition on Copia.
Prefer to check out an eBook? Never fear. Check out
His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis, available in eBook from Copia.