1802/1 DRAPED BUST $2 1/2, STARS MS65
JUST 3,035 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
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In 1802, Thomas Jefferson gave his second State of the Union Address to Congress. However, unlike George Washington’s State of the Unions and ones of the modern era, this address was submitted to Congress in the form of a written report. Jefferson’s rationale behind this was that standing in front of Congress and dictating to them would be too similar to when the British Monarch would stand before Parliament with a list of mandates. This form of the State of the Union remained for over a century. It was Woodrow Wilson who, finding Jefferson’s method impersonal, elected to read his address to Congress and began the current tradition.