On This Day: News of George Washington’s death reaches Congress

On This Day: News of George Washington’s death reaches Congress
On this day, Dec. 18, 1799, news of George Washington’s death reaches Congress. (Source: National Archives)

(WWBT) - On this day, Dec. 18, 1799, news of George Washington’s death reaches Congress.

The nation’s first president died four days earlier on Dec. 14 at his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, but the news of his death wouldn’t reach lawmakers in Philadelphia until the 18.

The news was delivered to Congress by a Richmond native, and you can hear all about it on this week’s episode of the How We Got Here podcast:

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