Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, on the presidency, provides, “He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union.”President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1790, at the U.S. Capitol, then situated at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets in New York City.

Since then, presidents famous and infamous have delivered their State of the Union address in person or in writing. Now, state governors deliver State of the State addresses and mayors deliver State of the City addresses.

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