225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On September 11, 1789, President George Washington sent the first cabinet nomination under the new U.S. Constitution to the Senate. His message included the nomination of Alexander Hamilton to be Secretary of the Treasury. The Senate unanimously consented to Hamilton’s nomination the same day it was received.
Washington’s message was brief and to the point: “Gentlemen of the Senate, I nominate…” followed by a list of names and their respective positions, establishing a precedent for brief nominations that continues today. Read more about this precedent setting process on Prologue: Pieces of History.
President George Washington’s Nomination of Officials to the Department of Treasury, 9/11/1789, Sen 1B-A1, Records of the U.S. Senate