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The Weird Suggestions For George Washington’s …


On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath that would secure him in the American history books as the first president of the United States. He had become the first popularly elected president in world history. The problem was, no one knew what to call the newly elected official because there were no precedents for addressing an elected president. Suggestions for his titled included Most Illustrious and Excellent President; Your Most Benign Highness; His Highness, the President of the United States, and Protector of the Rights of the Same; His Majesty the President; His Elective Highness; and George. The debate ended with the suggestion of calling Washington Mr. President.

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