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The SAR 1000 Breakfast during the Spring Leadership Meeting (2017)

Mar 4th, 2017

A series of pictures from the SAR 1,000 Breakfast during the Spring Leadership Meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky (March 2017)   read more...


SAR Center Interpretive Plan

Dec 9th, 2016

Sold Light is pleased to present the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) with the Final Plan, the final Planning Phase deliverable for the SAR Exhibit Project.   read more...


The SAR 1000 Breakfast during the Fall Leadership Meeting (2016)

Oct 1st, 2016

Pictures from the SAR 1,000 Breakfast during the Fall Leadership Meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky (October 2016).   read more...


The SAR 1000 Breakfast during the Fall Leadership Meeting (2015)

Sep 26th, 2015

September 26th, 2015   read more...


The SAR Capital Campaign Changes and a Legacy Society Begins

Jul 23rd, 2015

The SAR 1776 Society Campaign   read more...


The SAR 1776 Society

Mar 20th, 2015

The SAR Foundation Capital Campaign   read more...


SAR Ribbon Cutting Ceremony during the Fall Leadership Meeting

Oct 17th, 2014

Images from the SAR Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held during the Fall Leadership Meeting (Sept. 26th).   read more...


The SAR 1000 Breakfast during Fall Leadership (2014)

Oct 17th, 2014

Pictures from SAR 1,000 Breakfast held during the Fall Leadership Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky (Sept 27).   read more...


View the construction on Phase II of our Headquarters building with this series of videos.

May 19th, 2014

We have a series of videos showing the construction as it progresses over the next 18 months.   read more...


SAR Membership Ring

Apr 1st, 2014

Available for those who support the SAR Foundation!   read more...


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Happy Anniversary!

The SAR commemorates the 225th Anniversary, of our First President. 

Washington Pin The first inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States took place on April 30, 1789.

The inauguration marked the commencement of the first four-year term of George Washington as president. Sworn in by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston during this first presidential inauguration, Washington became the first president of the United States following the ratification of the Constitution.

The first presidential term started on March 4, 1789. Following the ratification of the Constitution by the required nine states, that date had been set by the Congress of the Confederation for the beginning of the operations of the new government under the Constitution of the United States. On that date, the House of Representatives and the Senate assembled, but both convened without a quorum. The House of Representatives first achieved a quorum on April 1, when it elected its officers. The Senate first achieved a quorum and elected its officers on April 6. Also on April 6 the House and Senate met in joint session, and the electoral votes were counted. Washington and Adams were respectively declared elected president and vice president, and the results of the count were subsequently published in the journals of Congress.

On April 30, 1789, the inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, then the first US Capitol and the first site where the 1st United States Congress met.

Since nearly first light a crowd of people had begun to gather around Washington's home, and at noon they made their way to Federal Hall by way of Queen Street and Great Dock (both now Pearl Street) and Broad Street. Washington dressed in an American-made dark brown suit with white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles; he also wore a steel-hilted sword.

Upon his arrival at Federal Hall, Washington was formally introduced to the House and Senate in the then Senate chamber, after which already sworn-in Vice President John Adams announced it time for the inauguration. Washington moved to the second-floor balcony where he took the presidential oath of office, administered by Chancellor of New York Robert Livingston in view of throngs of people gathered on the streets. The Bible used in the ceremony was from St. John's Masonic Lodge No.1, and due to haste, it was opened at random to Genesis 49:13. Livingston shouted "Long live George Washington, President of the United States!" to the crowd, which was replied to with cheers and a 13 gun salute. The first inaugural address was subsequently delivered by Washington in the Senate chamber running 1419 words in length.

At this time there were no inaugural balls for the day of the ceremony, though a week later on May 7 a ball was held in New York to honor the first president.

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