Today in History: George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

Washington delivering his inaugural address April 1789
Today in History–April 30–the Library of Congress features George Washington, who delivered his first inaugural address on this date in 1789 to a joint session of Congress, assembled in Federal Hall in the nation’s new capital, New York City. Learn more about our nation’s first president (1789-97) by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about Washington and his inaugurations.

Pre-inaugural speech to the citizens of Alexandria, VA (Apr. 16, 1789)

George Washington delivers his first inaugural address from America’s Library

American treasures: Washington’s First Inauguration

George Washington inauguration primary source sets (first inauguration and second inauguration)

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