Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the United States

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George Washington's "Farewell Address" is dated September 19, 1796, and was printed as a Senate Document in the 2nd session of the 106th Congress.

S. Doc. 106-21 - Washington's Farewell Address to the People of the United States - January 2000
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Since 1893, the Senate has observed Washington’s birthday by selecting one of its members to read the Farewell Address. The assignment alternates between members of each political party. At the conclusion of each reading, the appointed senator inscribes his or her name and brief remarks in a black, leatherbound book maintained by the secretary of the Senate.


On February 22, 2016, Senator Chris Coons delivered the annual reading of the Farewell Address.

162 Cong. Rec. S889 - Reading of Washington's Farewell Address - February 22, 2016
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