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 June 25, 1789, the Senate considered this House bill, “An Act for Establishing an Executive Department, To Be Denominated the Department of Foreign Affairs.” The House passed the bill on June 24, and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The act was passed and signed into law on July 27.
The Department of Foreign Affairs was the first federal agency established under the U.S. Constitution, and it was renamed Department of State in September, 1789.
HR 8, An Act for Establishing an Executive Department to be denominated the Department of Foreign Affairs, SEN 1A-C1, Records of the U.S. Senate