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The first American Presidential Inauguration - did you know that Washington ended up walking back to his residence? Follow the timeline of the first inauguration online!

Timeline of the Inauguration of President Washington

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#DidYouKnow that Washington’s second inaugural address is the shortest ever delivered? It was less than 2 minutes long and only 135 words. Learn more about Washington's presidency.

Ten Facts About Washington’s Presidency

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Become a Member

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#OTD Washington is appointed Chancellor of William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA, 1788.
For three days starting on April 29th, 1889, a jubilant America came together in New York for a gala celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration. Thousands upon thousands of people came to together for fireworks, parades, receptions and concerts.

Centennial Celebration

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On the morning of his #inauguration, George Washington dressed in a suit of brown broadcloth spun domestically in Hartford, with buttons displaying an eagle with wings spread. His suit would have been considered dressy daytime apparel.

Finishing off the outfit were white silk stockings, silver shoe buckles, and a dress sword in a steel scabbard.

George Washington's Inaugural Suit

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Washington was interested in animals. In fact, during the presidency, he paid $1.75 "for to see Elephant" and ended up taking his whole family several months later.
Quick Trivia! Where did George Washington's Inauguration take place?
#DidYouKnow that during George Washington's presidency, the Washington family gave $3.00 to a "man who had a very sagacious Dog," so they could see the dog's "performance." The dog was probably brought from Europe by a man named Gabriel Salenka, whose dog was said to be able to "beat any person at playing at cards."

George Washington and Animals

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#TBT to when Audrey Hepburn visited Mount Vernon in May of 1990 to film an episode of her "Gardens of the World" television program.
These are commemorative souvenir buttons from Washington's inauguration. A copper button features Washington’s initials in the center, encircled by the words “Long Live the President.” A chain surrounds the button’s rim, with a link representing each of the original thirteen states. This design re-purposes language familiar to those who had lived under the English monarchy (“Long Live the...
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Step back in time and join Lady Washington for a cozy fireside tea as she shares memories of her and the General's life as a young married couple, during the Revolutionary War, and at their beloved Mount Vernon.

Tea with Lady Washington

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#DidYouKnow Root crops like turnips and potatoes were staples of a winter diet at Mount Vernon. In 1786 alone, more than 544 bushels of potatoes were sent to the Mansion House from Washington's Dogue Run, Ferry Farm & River Farm properties.
#OTD Vermont is the fourteenth state to ratify the Constitution, 1791.
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In 1796, George Washington issued his #farewell address. "Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment." Read the whole speech online.

George Washington's Farewell Address

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When did the Washington family arrive in America? The story begins in the 1650's, when two brothers, John and Lawrence Washington, arrived in Virginia to make their fortunes in the colonies. John was George Washington's great-grandfather.

The Washington Family in America

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#OTD Connecticut is the 5th state to ratify the Constitution, 1788.
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