Presidential Series Documents
Annual Addresses to Congress.
Washington delivered his first State of the Union address in the Senate
chambers on 8 January 1790. According to Sen. William Maclay's account
"The President was dressed in a second Mourning, and . . . read his
speech well. the senate headed by their President were on his right
The House of Representatives . . . with their Speaker were on his left
his [official] Family with the Heads of Departments attended. the business
was soon over and the Senate were left alone."
The Whiskey Insurrection, September–October 1794
brief journal for 30 September–20 October 1794 records his journey from Philadelphia
to western Pennsylvania with the militia raised to suppress the so-called
Whiskey Insurrection that erupted in the fall of 1794 in the Pennsylvania
counties of Westmoreland, Fayette, Washington, and Allegheny.
The First Inaugural
Address, New York, 30 April 1789
"It was a very touching scene," Fisher Ames wrote, "and quite
of the solemn kind. His aspect grave, almost to sadness; his modesty,
actually shaking; his voice deep, a little tremulous, and so low as
to call for close attention." Read more about the First Inaugural
Address, including the text of the address, editorial introduction,
and the extant fragments—pieces of a draft version of the oath cut
up and distributed by Jared Sparks, the nineteenth-century editor
of GW's writings.
The Farewell Address,
19 September 1796
"...I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which
I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking,
in the midst of my fellow Citizens, the benign influence of good Laws
under a free Government—the ever favourite object of my heart, and
the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labours and dangers."
||George Washington: Landscape Architect. Catalogue of Trees, Shrubs & Plants, of Jno. Bartram, March 1792. A list of more than 100 plants, illustrated with modern photographs, ordered by Washington for Mount Vernon from John Bartram's Philadelphia nursery.
Letter from Mary Katherine
Goddard, fired abruptly from her position as Postmaster of
Baltimore, appealing to GW for reinstatement; and his reply
from New York, 1789.
This address from the Hebrew
Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, signed by the warden of the
Congregation, was likely presented to Washington on the morning of
18 August 1790 when the town and Christian clergy of Newport also
delivered addresses to the president. Washington's reply
is considered to express his opinion on religious toleration.
George Washington to Henry Lee,
Philadelphia, 20 January 1793
"A mind must be insensible
indeed, not to be gratefully impressed by so distinguished, & honorable
a testimony of public approbation & confidence: and, as I suffered
my name to be contemplated on this occasion, it is more than probable
that I should, for a moment, have experienced chagreen if my re-election
had not been by a pretty respectable vote..."
The Electoral Count for
the Presidential Election of 1789
The Principal Executive
Officers during Washington's Adminstration