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George Washington’s Acts of Congress

Exhibit Dates - Closed: June 29 - July 12, 2013

Acts of Congress Exhibit

George Washington’s personal copy of the Laws of the United States, First Session 1789, also known as the Acts of Congress, was on display at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum through a special partnership between the National Archives and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The Acts of Congress have been on a nationwide tour at the other Presidential Libraries since March, and will be touring through September 2013.

George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress contains his own handwritten notes in the margins. The notes provide insight into his crucial role in the implementation and interpretation of the Constitution and the establishment of the new American government.

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Acts of Congress George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress. His signature appears inside. Printed by Frances Childs and John Swaine and bound by Thomas Allen in 1789. Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Inaugural Address Page one of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address. National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate. 4/30/1789, transcript available.
Bookplates George Washington's bookplate, which he pasted inside the front cover of the Acts of Congress. The armorial bookplate features the Washington family coat of arms, with three five-pointed stars above two horizontal bars. The flag for the District of Columbia is based on the Washington family coat of arms. Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

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