A transcription april 30, 1789 fellow citizens of the senate and the house of representatives. Ask the students to complete part one of the worksheet. Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. George washington would set many precedents in the next eight years, but this inauguration, and the humbling of a man who could have been a king before the will of the people, was his first. William maclays eye witness account of george washington s inauguration. General washington had been unanimously elected president by the first electoral college, and john adams was. George washington and the inaugural inauguration picture. An incredible descriptoin of the second inauguration of george washington, with pictures and his speech. George washington was a virginia plantation owner who served as a general and commanderinchief of the colonial armies during the american revolutionary war, and later became the first president. A prominent statesman, thomas jefferson became george washingtons first secretary of state.
Along with james madison, jefferson took up the cause of strict constructionists and the republican party, advocating limited federal government. The official website for the george washington universitys presidential inauguration 2017 is up and running, offering a range of information to the gw community about the november events when thomas leblanc will be inaugurated as gws 17th president the website lists the schedule of inauguration events that start nov. George washingtons first inaugural address thursday, april 30, 1789 the nations first chief executive took his oath of office in april in new york city on the balcony of the senate chamber at federal hall on wall street. The george washington inaugural bible is the bible that was sworn upon by george washington when he took office as the first president of the united states on april 30, 1789. George washington s first inaugural speech 1789 fellowcitizens of the senate and of the house of representatives. There were other examples from the late 1940s and early 1950s of the. On the morning of april 30, 1789, george washington took the oath of office as the first president of the united states, setting traditions in place his very first day in office. The four words we wish george washington said history news. Neither swearing the oath on a bible nor giving an inaugural address were mandated by article 2, section 1 of the constitution. Washingtons inauguration marked the beginning of many things in the united states, including a developing focus on the rich visual possibilities and symbolism of inaugural events. On april 30, 1789, george washington took the oath as the first president of the united states.
Timeline of the inauguration of president washington george. First inaugural address 1789 teaching american history. Holland and the swiss cantons were exceptions, but all of the major countries and most of the small ones were ruled by people who ruled them for life. All members of the gw community are invited to participate in this special occasion. Printed in london in 1765, it is now known as the george washington inaugural bible.
Want to know what washington did on his first day as president. On april 16, 1789, two days after receiving official notification of his election, george washington left his home on the potomac for new york. Presidents change, inauguration day stays the same. Presidential inaugurations outside of washington, d. Presidential inaugurations are important civic rituals in our nations political life. President george washington calls on congress to avoid local and party partisanship and encourages the adoption of a bill of rights, without specifically calling them by name. Of course there have been instances where necessity dictated that the swearingin take place outside of washington. All i dare hope is that if, in executing this task, i have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellowcitizens, and have thence too. About the inauguration george washington university. Timeline of the inauguration of president washington. Not only was the first inauguree george washington a signer of the constitution but numerous drafters of the constitution were serving in the congress that organized and directed that first inauguration. Christmas with george washington 17761799 philadelphia.
Ix of documentary history of the first federal congress of the united states of america 4 march 1789. Constitutional experts abounded at americas first inauguration. The george washington university will celebrate the inauguration of thomas j. George washington fragments of the discarded first inaugural address. According to assembled members of congress, president washington was visibly nervous, spoke in a surprisingly quiet voice, and maintained a serious, modest demeanor. George washington s first inaugural address, april 30, 1789 records of the united states senate view images of the first inaugural address. The second inauguration of george washington as president of the united states took place in the senate chamber of congress hall in philadelphia on march 4, 1793 the inauguration was the beginning of the second term of george washington as president and john adams as vice president. Leblanc as its seventeenth president on november, 2017.
With one exception, his first inaugural address did not contain specific policy recommendations. George washingtons first inaugural address 1789 george washington, the nations first president, made his first inaugural address before both houses of congress. George washingtons first and second inaugural addresses. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of. The bible has subsequently been used in the inauguration ceremonies of several other u. Among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present. If like me, youre studying woolen cloth in early america, one of the stories that comes up a lot is that of george washingtons inauguration suit. I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, i may. There have been about thirty inaugurations when there was no president in attendance other than the one being swornin. The joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies. George washington takes the oath of office inauguration karl johnson. George washington s first inaugural address george washington, the first president of the united states of america, delivered this message to the united states congress on april 30, 1789.
Several weeks later, the nearly completed platform was chronicled by robert brammer in his post. I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances. George washington inaugural bible federal hall national. Two main themes characterized the april 30, 1789 inaugural address of president george washington.
Washingtons mother is supposed to have said, when told of one of his revolutionary war victories, george generally completes what he undertakes. There were three three circumstances where is happened because there was such personal bitterness on the part of the outgoi. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the united states. The presidency of george washington began on april 30, 1789, when washington was inaugurated as the first president of the united states, and ended on march 4, 1797. Because of that, georges coats instantly came to mind the other day when this news story started going around about congresswomanelect alexandria ocasiocortezs wardrobe. George washington has his left hand rest upon his heart and his right hand extended to a bible, which is held by james otis, secretary of the united states senate. George washingtons first inaugural address wikisource. George washingtons first inaugural address april 30, 1789. The celebration in the streets of new york city was also a very serious event, however, as it marked the beginning of a new era. Yet the celebration in the streets of new york city was also a very serious event, as it marked the beginning of a new era in history. George washingtons first inauguration america nation one. He acknowledged providence as guiding the nations steps.
With no cases on the docket and little pressing business a few procedural. George washingtons second inaugural address 1793 u. After the worship services, the presidentelect and vice presidentelectas well as the current president and vice president, family. The first major theme of washingtons address involved the role he and others of the nations. Delegates delegates from other colleges and universities march in the academic procession according to the schools founding date, the oldest school going. President washingtons second oath of office was taken in the senate. George washington inaugurated as the first president of the united states in.
The new constitution required the president to deliver an. Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. President george washington took his oaths in new york city and philadelphia. The bible is the king james version, dated 1767, complete with the apocrypha and elaborately supplemented with the. Third, washington himself, and numerous other founding fathers, repeatedly affirmed that an oath of office was a religious act. Fragments of the discarded first inaugural address teaching.
In instances in which a new president has been elected, the outgoing. My, how time flies, as washington is once again making preparations for a presidential inauguration to take place on january 20, 2017. But in george washingtons lifetime, these were new ideas. Fellow citizens of the senate and of the house of representatives. It was the first presidential inauguration to be held in philadelphia, pennsylvania. All i dare hope is that if, in executing this task, i have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this. Quizlet flashcards, activities and games help you improve your grades. Transcript of president george washingtons first inaugural speech 1789 fellowcitizens of the senate and of the house of representatives. After taking the oath of office on the portico before a cheering crowd, george washington proceeded into the senate chamber to deliver his first inaugural address. All i dare hope is that if, in executing this task, i have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellowcitizens. Print showing george washington delivering his inaugural. George washingtons inauguration ceremony in new york city was a grand historical event, attended by hundreds. Lincoln served four years as president and was murdered a month after his second inauguration. Gw presidential inauguration website is launched gw.
Four years ago, my colleague, donna sokol, provided a snapshot of the inaugural platform being constructed on the west front of the capitol. Roosevelt attended church services on the morning of his first swearingin ceremony in 1933, all the succeeding presidents have done the same. On april 30, 1789, the hero of the american revolution took the oath of office, making him the first head of a new federal government. The presidency of george washington began on april 30, 1789, when washington was.
George washingtons first inaugural speech conservapedia. Washington took office after the 178889 presidential election, the nations first quadrennial presidential election, in which he was elected unanimously. After the message, washington and the entire congress went down the street to st. The republican court or american society in the days of washington, rufus wilmot griswold, 1856, p8 the anxiously expected morning of thursday, the thirtieth of april, was greeted with a national salute from the bowling green, and at an early hour the streets were filled with men and women, in their holiday attire, while every moment arrived new crowds from. After repeating the 35word oath, washington responded, i solemnly swear. What were the important themes of george washingtons.
He delivered his first inaugural address to a joint session of congress, assembled in federal hall in the nations new capital, new york city. George washingtons second inauguration the civil war. The inauguration of george washington as the first president of the united states on april 30, 1789, was a public event witnessed by a cheering crowd. Washington was then notified of his victory and traveled to new york city from his home in virginia. To protect american shipping from barbary pirates and other threats, he. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who inheriting inferior endowments. Ask the students to write a newspaper article about washingtons first or second inaugural address. In honor of the upcoming presidential inauguration, washingtons first inaugural address and the bible that he used to swear his oath of office are on display. George washingtons first inaugural address, 1789 introduction.
George washingtons first inaugural address fellow citizens of the senate and house of representatives among the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. General washington had been unanimously elected president by the first. Since the countrys first inauguration of george washington. George washington gave the first inaugural address as the first president of the united states before a joint session of the two houses of congress assembled inside the senate chamber. Constitutional experts abounded in 1789 at americas first presidential inauguration. Most of the rulers in the world were kings or monarchs of some sort. George washingtons inaugural address bill of rights. Washington lived in a time when royal rule began to be shaken. The bible george washington used during his inauguration as the first president of the united states on april 30, 1789 was loaned to him by a local masonic lodge, st. Second inauguration of george washington simple english.
Washington and members of congress then moved to the senate chamber, where washington delivered his inaugural address to a joint session of congress. Although not required by the constitution, george washington presented the first presidential inaugural address on april 30, 1789. Presidential entertaining george washingtons mount vernon. George washington first inaugural address in the city of new york thursday, april 30, 1789. Taking the oath of office white house historical association. On april 30, 1789, george washington took the oath of office as the first president of the united states. Washington delivering his inaugural address april 1789, in the old. George washington inaugural buttons and medalets 17891793 this check list of metallic material related to george washington, our.
George washington takes the oath of office inauguration. Washington served 17 years at the center of american lifea record that has not been matched. George washingtons inaugural address book of mormon. Washington was reelected unanimously in the 1792 presidential election. Unlike the lengthy 73page first draft of his speech which was completely discarded. While, on the one hand, it awakened my gratitude for all those instances of affectionate partiality, with which i have been honored by my country. George washington s first inaugural address 1789 george washington, the nations first president, made his first inaugural address before both houses of congress. George washingtons presidency study guide by mrsbudd includes 14 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more.1505 555 769 811 1278 589 1473 854 132 674 640 209 453 391 1397 1221 1499 668 1153 340 877 1001 129 1327 723 639 1429 619 53 152