As we near that time of year where we hear from our nation’s president in their annual State of the Union Address, it was on this day in 1790 that America’s first president gave the inaugural State of the Union.
President George Washington spoke to Congress in New York City.
According to History.com, Washington began by congratulating Congress on the “present favourable prospects of our public affairs, most notable of which was North Carolina’s recent decision to join the federal republic.”
Washington went on to outline his administration’s policies, and he touched on national defense, foreign affairs, and domestic issues such as the desire for money for Agriculture, Commerce and Manufactures as well as Science and Literature and a means of public education.
Go here to learn more about Washington’s address.