On September 29, 1789, the first United States Congress adjourned.
The met in New York City’s Federal Hall; the Capitol wasn’t even constructed, heck, Washington D.C. wasn’t even there!
In that first session, the boys did the following… On April 1, they had a quorum and elected officers. Five days later, the Senate did the same thing! That same day, the House and the Senate, in a joint session, counted the votes of the Electoral College and certified that George Washington had indeed been elected the first President of the United States and second runner UP, John Adams was VEEP!
On April 30, GW took the oath of office in New York City at Federal Hall.
Martha was so proud she posted a picture of the proceedings on Instagram. It got lots of s!
When they got together back in March, the gang got busy. The regulated time and manner of oaths of office, created the Tariff of 1789, created the first Cabinet Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was aptly named as Thomas Jefferson was the first Secretary of State, and boy did he have affairs!
In July, Collection of Duties was regulated when they established the Customs Service. In August they created the Department of War (later PCed down to the Department of Defense.) The Department of the Treasury and a Judiciary Act came in September which established the federal judiciary and the office of the Attorney General.
That same month before taking off for home, the boys approved 12 amendments to the US Constitution and guaranteed us freedoms and rights, set clear limitations on governmental power, and sent them to the States for ratification.
Of course the states pussy-footed around and it took longer than anyone had hoped!
North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the Constitution and joined the Union. There were Tarheel parties everywhere!
Then the boys took off for home, vacation, checking out things at the plantation, kissed a few babies, raised some cash, and basked in the glow and praise of their constituents who were thrilled at all they had accomplished.
Wonder if that’ll happen this year?
Nah, they’d have to accomplish something first!