At a glance: Have a ball

By From page B2 | May 07, 2014

Escabar_MimiThe first President’s Inaugural Ball was held on May 7, 1789 in New York. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president on April 30, 1789 and the fancy ball was a week later. It was in New York because that was where the temporary headquarters of the federal government were set up in a building on Broadway near Wall Street. Martha didn’t attend and George spent the evening dancing with many of New York’s society ladies. The big event provided a model for the first official inaugural ball when James Madison became president 10 years later. Seems like history does repeat itself.

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