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The State of the Union


The State of the Union

  • The U.S. Constitution requires that "the President shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union..."
  • George Washington delivered the first annual message to Congress on January 8, 1790.
  • Thomas Jefferson decided to issue the message in writing instead of delivering a speech.
  • The written tradition continued until Woodrow Wilson in 1913.
  • Calvin Coolidge's 1923 address was the first one broadcast on radio.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt first called the speech a "State of the Union" address in 1934.
  • Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised address in 1947.
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