State of the Union: President Wilson leaves 'official Washington agape' in 1913
From deep within the Washington Post archives, here's an article dated April 7, 1913, describing President Woodrow Wilson's decision to bring back the "long-abandoned custom" of personally presenting his ideas to Congress in the form of a State of the Union address.
According to the article, "all official Washington was agape" over Wilson's move, which forced members of the House and Senate to "delve into old tomes to learn proper course of procedure." The reason was that no president had delivered a State of the Union speech since 1801, after which Thomas Jefferson abandoned the practice "to prevent embarrassment," according to the 1913 Post article.
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(Thanks to Post reporter Karen Tumulty for unearthing this relic.)
| January 24, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
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