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Today in History: April 16

Slide 1 of 15: Soldier and politician George Washington (1732 - 1799) arrives in New York, amid cheering crows, to take the oath to become the first President of the United States, April 23, 1789. The picture was painted by A. H. Rivey in 1939.

1789: Washington leaves Mt. Vernon for his inauguration

Newly elected President George Washington leaves his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home and heads for New York to be sworn in as the first American president.

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