Washington’s First Inaugural Address before Congress in April 30,1789
George Washington did not deliver his Farewell Address before Congress. It was published on September 26, 1796, in the Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser,a newspaper in Boston. It begins:
Friends and Fellow-Citizens:
The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the Executive Government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made….
U.S. Senate Art and History Home, which tells the story of how reading Washington’s Farewell Address became a yearly event in the Senate.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee will read the Farewell Address this year on Monday, Feb.26, at 2 P.M.