Today in 1784: The Continental Congress, meeting in Trenton, New Jersey, votes to move to New York City until a permanent seat of government is established; the city will serve as the nation’s capital until 1790.
Giuseppe Guidicini (1812–1868), President Washington Taking the Oath, Federal Hall, 1789, 1839. Oil on fine linen. Commissioned by the New–York Historical Society, X.269
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