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THE FIRST CONGRESS (1789)
(The First Six Months)

April 6:                        Senate convened with a quorum

April 7:                        Senate appoints committee "to take under consideration the manner of electing Chaplains"

April 9:                        House appoints similar committee re: electing Chaplains

April 25::                    Senate elects first Chaplain

 May 1:                        House elects first Chaplain

August 7:                    First Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance for the governance of the territory northwest of the Ohio River.  Article III addresses education and religion and requires the following:  "Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."

September 22:           Congress passes statute providing for payment of Chaplains.

September 24:           House approves final wording of First Amendment and passes a Resolution asking President George Washington to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation to "recommend to the people of the U.S. a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts, the many and signal favors of Almighty God....

September 25:           Senate approves final wording of the First Amendment and concurs with the House Resolution calling for a Thanksgiving Proclamation

October 3:                  George Washington issues Thanksgiving Proclamation         ŠKC06-07

     
   
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