Successively Dutch, Brtish, anti-British, Irish and even today anything but 100% American, New York City has always been peculiarly proud of its place in the affections and fame of George Washington. The city had served as his headquarters early in the War of Independence. It had been the scene of his (or rather of his army’s) lucky escape from the encircling forces of Lord Howe, the scene of his triumphant return at the conclusion of the war, and the scene of his farewell to his staff before the surrender of his commission as general. Last and most important, it was to New York that he came to take the oath of office as President on April 30, 1789—an event commemorated by his statue on the steps of the Sub-Treasury Building, at the corner of Wall and Nassau streets.
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