As George traveled north by coach from Virginia in the Spring of 1789, the first Congress met in New York. Two groups would have to decide on the proper honorific for George — the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The honorific had to be something that both the Representatives and the Senators could agree on. But the two groups met separately first, to talk over their ideas and work up a specific honorific. They met in different rooms in the old New York City Hall. It had been spruced up for the first Congress and was renamed “Federal Hall”.
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(Image: George as President; portrait by Gilbert Stuart)
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