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1789: The President George Washington`s Swearing-In Ceremony

1789: The President George Washington`s Swearing-In Ceremony
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Washington at the Signing of the United States Constitution, September 17, 1787, by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940.

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  • Historical event
  • 30 April 1789
  • At his inauguration, George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States of America on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street (New York City), just opposite the famous New York Stock Exchange. At the time, New York City was the capital of the United States. Washington hadn`t been yet established, and majority of subsequent inauguration were later held there.

This day in 1789 marked the inauguration of the first president of the United States of America – George Washington.

It was an important historical event which influenced many further events. There is a list of about 40 presidents of the United States.

George Washington belongs to the circle of persons most responsible for the establishment of the United States, not only in political, but also in military terms (as the general he led the American forces in the War of Independence).

The inauguration of George Washington was held in New York City which was the capital of the United States at the time (Washington hand`t been yet established, and majority of subsequent inaugurations were later held there).

At his inauguration, George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States of America on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street, just opposite the famous New York Stock Exchange.

He allegedly wore the American dark brown suit, white silk stockings and silver buckles on his shoes.  Washington had a sword and a deep red robe.

Men were wearing breeches and high socks during that time (long pants were introduced during the French Revolution).

It is interesting that his inauguration was held in the same year (1789) when the French Revolution started.

The famous attack on the Bastille took place on July 14th, only two months after the inauguration.

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