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Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

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Father of Our Country
April 30, 1789

Washington kept his first speech very simple. He spoke about ideas for amendments (changes or additions) to the Constitution. He finished by asking for a “divine blessing” on the American people and their elected representatives. By making a speech, Washington did more than was necessary. The Constitution required only an oath of office. Washington established a tradition of making a speech that every elected president in American history has followed.
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