Monday, February 22, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 22

February 22, 1956 – “No Senate tradition has been more steadfastly maintained than the annual reading of President George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. In this letter to “Friends and Citizens,” Washington warned that the forces of geographical sectionalism, political factionalism, and interference by foreign powers in the nation's domestic affairs threatened the stability of the Republic. He urged Americans to subordinate sectional jealousies to common national interests.”

“Every year since 1896, the Senate has observed Washington's Birthday by selecting one of its members, alternating parties, to read the 7,641-word statement in legislative session. Delivery generally takes about 45 minutes.”

On this date, Washington’s Farewell Address was read by Minn. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, who later became the 38th Vice President of the U. S. during the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1969.


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