In March 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C. How did he break precedent after his inauguration?
Jefferson sent his first annual message to Congress in written form rather than in person. Presidents sent their annual messages to Congress in writing until 1913, when Woodrow Wilson read his State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress.
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