This suit may be the one made of Hartford-manufactured wool worn by George Washington to his first inauguration as President of the United States on April 30, 1789. The partly-lined coat and breeches, constructed of brown broadcloth shrunk and napped in imitation of velvet, would have been considered dressy daytime apparel. American observers and foreign dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony at New York's Federal Hall took note of the domestically-made fabric, which Washington proudly wore as a symbol of and hope for the development of American manufactures.


c. 1789




Wool, linen, cotton-linen


Overall (Coat): 46 5/8 in. x 41 in. (118.43 cm x 104.14 cm)
Overall (Breeches): 28 in. x 23 3/4 in. (71.12 cm x 60.34 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of John Murray Forbes, with appreciation to William D. McGregor, 1877

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