First Lessons in American History

First Lessons in American History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...dinner by his neighbors. At Phila George Washington. delphia a splendid entertainment was prepared for him. At Trenton he was received in royal fashion. An arch was erected on the bridge across which he had led his army in the days of the Revolution. This arch was supported on thirteen pillars, around which were twined evergreens and flowers, and under it stood a number of young girls holding baskets of flowers in their hands. As Washington drew near, the girls strewed their flowers before him and sang. The wheels of the new Government set in motion. Washington reached New York on April 23, but a week passed before he was inaugurated as President. On April 30, 1789, he took his place at the head of a long procession of soldiers and citizens and marched to the building where the new Congress was in session. Standing on a balcony, in the presence of a large number of people, he took the oath of office, saying: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Again the people cheered, the bells rang, and the cannon thundered. After the oath of office was taken, Washington read his inaugural address. Thus the wheels of the new Government were set in motion. Washington's cabinet. One of the first things done by Washington was to appoint three officers to help him in the management of affairs. These were Thomas Jefferson, of Virginia; Alexander Hamilton, of New York; and Henry Knox, of Massachusetts. Jefferson was made Secretary of State and was given charge of foreign affairs; Hamilton was made Secretary of the Treasury and was given charge of the money received and paid out by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236491327
  • 9781236491329