Washington Greeted by Crowds On His Way to His Inauguration as President

Washington set out from Mount Vernon to New York City for his inauguration on April 16, 1789, with plans for his wife Martha and their children to follow at a later date. The trip took seven days, with Washington being greeted by large crowds, the ringing of church bells, the firing of cannon, and receptions at every city along the way.  Especially noteworthy was the reception as he crossed the bridge at Trenton, New Jersey where the citizens had erected a garland arch across the road and young girl threw flower petals in this path.

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~ by americanpresidents on March 4, 2010.

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