George Washington: First Annual Message to Congress


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George Washington presented his First Annual Message to Congress at the beginning of the second session in early January 1790. In this address, Washington informs Congress, from his firsthand experience in touring the eastern states between October 15 and November 13, that great recovery has been made from the wartime destruction and dislocation. He also states that agriculture, commerce, and manufacturing are prosperous and that both the people and the officers of the states are very...