On this day in history, Jan. 8, 1790, George Washington delivers first-ever State of the Union address
America’s first president George Washington addressed the assembled Congress with the first State of the Union on this day in history, Jan. 8, 1780.
Washington’s address took place at Federal Hall in New York City — and addressed a variety of topics including national defense, foreign policy, economics and education.
America’s first president started off by congratulating North Carolina for recently joining the federal republic, according to History.com.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, DEC. 4, 1783, WASHINGTON BIDS FAREWELL TO HIS TROOPS AT FRAUNCES TAVERN IN NYC
This decision followed the state’s initial rejection of the Constitution in 1788 for not including a bill of rights.
The official Bill of Rights was eventually written up and dispatched to the 11 out of 13 states that accepted the Constitution before North Carolina’s ratification in 1789.
Washington went on to briefly outline his administration’s policies, designed by Alexander Hamilton.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, DEC. 18, 1787, NEW JERSEY BECOMES THIRD STATE TO RATIFY CONSTITUTION, JOINS UNION
As the former commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, Washington was reportedly careful about…
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