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Henry Knox, Secretary of War
Henry Knox, Secretary of War, read Washington's letter to Congress

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Congress Officially Created the U.S. Military
September 29, 1789

Washington wrote a letter on August 7, 1789, to remind the Senate and the House of Representatives to create provisions for the U.S. military. He told them he didn't need to argue for an issue on which the "honor, safety and well being of our Country so evidently and essentially depend: But it may not be amiss to observe that I am particularly anxious it should receive an early attention as circumstances will admit." The Secretary of War, Henry Knox, read this aloud to the members of Congress, but they did not immediately act upon it.
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