The Weird Suggestions For George Washington's Title Before "Mr. President"

The Weird Suggestions For George Washington's Title Before "Mr. President"

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath that would secure him in the American history books as the first president of the United States. He became the first popularly elected president in world history. Along with this milestone came a unique dilemma: no one knew what to call him. There were no precedents for addressing an elected president, so people of the time started to get creative.

Suggestions for Washington's title included Most Illustrious and Excellent President; Your Most Benign Highness; His Highness, the President of the United States, and Protector of the Rights of the Same; His Majesty the President; His Elective Highness; and George. The debate ended with the suggestion of calling Washington Mr. President. But just for fun, let's imagine for a minute that people went around calling him Your Most Benign Highness. Get more odd facts about US presidents in the video below.

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