President George Washington made the first state of the union address on Jan. 8, 1790, outlining his administration's policies to an assembled Congress in New York City. The Courant published the full address, noting that the president "was dressed in a crow coloured suit of clothes -- of the finest texture -- the colour of that beautiful changeable hue, remarked in shades not quite black. This elegant fabric was from the manufactory in Hartford." Click here to see a full-page PDF of the Courant coverage.
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