50 famous firsts from political history | News


A look at America’s political firsts throughout its 244 years of independence shows the distance the country has traveled since its founding among 13 colonies that threw off British rule.

George Washington, the country’s first president who was elected in 1789, appointed New York lawyer John Jay as the first chief justice of the United States. And while not called for in the U.S. Constitution, Washington in 1791 convened his first group of advisors to form a small, history-making cabinet of just four men.

Fast forward to President-elect Joe Biden, who is making history with a much larger and most diverse cabinet. It includes Kamala Harris, who on Jan. 20 will be sworn in as the first woman vice president, the first Black vice president, and the first Indian American vice president. Other historic choices by Biden include Rep. Deb Haaland, the first…

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