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This historic site in New York City is the location of two significant historical structures and many notable events in New York and American history.

First Federal Hall

The first Federal Hall building was built in 1703 as New York City’s first City Hall. At this lost building met the Stamp Act Congress (1765), the first gathering of elected colonial representatives to devise a protest against British taxation.

Following the Revolutionary War, the building would be a meeting place for the Congress of the Confederation and in 1789, officially be renamed “Federal Hall” when it became the nation’s first seat of government. It was here that the first Congress met and it was on Federal Hall’s balcony that George Washington was sworn in as the United State’s first President on April 30, 1789.

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George Washington being sworn in at the original Federal Hall

Second Federal Hall Building

In 1790, the US Capitol was moved to Philadelphia and Federal Hall became a city government building until 1812, when it was demolished after the opening of the current City Hall building.

In 1842, the current structure was built by Alexander Jackson Davis and Ithiel Town as a Customs House. It would later serve as part of the US Sub-Treasury, but now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.

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