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Monday, May 20, 2024

Woodrow Wilson and the Senate

I came across an interesting bit of trivia today. President Wilson gave a speech to the Senate in 1918 urging them to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment after the House passed the proposal. As far as I can tell, this is the only time in modern history that a President gave a speech to only one House of Congress. Presidential speeches are, of course, usually to a Joint Session. George Washington did go to the Senate at the very beginning to get their "advice and consent" on something, but quickly realized that was not the right approach.

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on May 20, 2024 at 11:09 AM | Permalink


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