The Very First Inauguration, of George Washington, in 1789

CBS News: “Mo Rocca reports on the very first presidential inauguration ceremony held for George Washington, and how it set precedents that last to this day.” It was held at Federal Hall in New York, using a Bible supplied by the Masons instead of by a specific denomination. Otherwise, a denomination such as the Anglicans or the Presbyterians would declare their religion the established, official religion of the United States. More on the first inauguration and George Washington’s first inaugural address.

The Inauguration of George Washington, as depicted in the mini-series on John Adams.

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