On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as our nation’s first president. His wife, Martha Washington, was not at his side. Washington had only received the election results two weeks earlier, on April 14, when Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson arrived at Mount Vernon to notify Washington. He left for the temporary national capital, New York City, two days later and arrived on April 23. He traveled through six states, attending celebrations in cities and towns along the route and being greeted by thousands of citizens who lined...
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View the full Battle of the Thames document and read an essay on the ...
Take a closer look at George Washington’s letter using 18th-century abbreviations.
The leaders of the American Revolution made three great gambles. First, they sought...