The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series # 28
by Gregory Dixon...US History 1956
Washington Address to the People 1786:
“This government, the offspring of your own choice, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation...completely free in its principles...and containing within itself a provision for its own amendments to have a first claim to your confidence and respect.”
Washington was elected president for two terms 1789-1797 There were now two parties, the Federalists who voted for strong government and the anti federalists who voted for state sovereignty. They thought strong government would be dangerous to the liberties of the people and wished the chief powers to be exercised by each of the different states.
Both parties did unite to elect George Washington president of the United States. New York City was then the Capitol and Washington was inaugurated March 4,1789. That day the new Constitution went into operation but the ceremony was delayed until April 30th. The president took his oath of office standing on the balcony of a building in front of Federal Hall, the Hall where congress met, in the presence of an immense multitude. There, amidst ringing of bells and firing of cannons, a great shout went up:
(to be continued)