Burr to Deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address

February 9, 2005

For his maiden speech in the United States Senate, Senator Richard Burr has been asked to deliver the annual reading of George Washington's Farewell Address. The traditional Address, for which Burr was selected by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and appointed by Vice President Dick Cheney, dates back to 1862. It has been delivered in the Senate annually since 1896.

Burr will deliver the Farewell Address on the floor of the United States Senate February 18. The Address has traditionally been delivered on or near George Washington's birthday, February 22, dating back to 1862, when 1,000 Philadelphia residents petitioned Congress to commemorate the 130th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

At the conclusion of the reading, which will take an estimated forty-five minutes, Burr will inscribe his name and brief remarks in a black, leather-bound book maintained by the Secretary of the Senate.

"The United States Senate is an institution deep in tradition," said Burr, "and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in such an honored part of that tradition."

The only other North Carolinian to deliver the Address is Senator Terry Sanford, who delivered Washington's Farewell Address on February 15, 1988. Last year's address was delivered by John Breaux of Louisiana.

Other notable Senators to have read the Farewell Address in the past include Senators Henry Cabot Lodge (1898), Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1937), Hubert H. Humphrey (1956), Barry Goldwater (1957) and Lloyd Bentsen (1972).

For more information on Senator Burr, or the history of George Washington's Farewell Address, go to https://www.burr.senate.gov.