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.
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.
- Senators Who Have Delivered the Farewell Address - on Senate.gov
- Standing Order in the Senate Manual to Read Washington's Farewell Address - S. Doc. 113-1 - Section 65
- Riddick's Senate Procedure on Washington's Farewell Address - S. Doc. 101-28
- Other Notable Farewell Addresses: