Profile America: The First State of the Union

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Monday, January 8th. On this date in 1790, President George Washington addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver the first State of the Union report, as required by the still young Constitution. The requirement didn’t demand a speech, and after delivering just one, President Thomas Jefferson began reporting in writing, feeling a speech was too magisterial. The spoken presentation was revived over a century later by Woodrow Wilson.

Washington’s address has echoes to this day, as he stated “the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of citizens should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.” The first census, taken just months later, counted a population of just over 3.9 million residents. Today’s foreign-born population of nearly 42 million is over 10 times that number.

Profile America is in its 21st year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018.

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