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Who was the first President not to give a speech and instead wrote down an annual message and sent it to Congress?

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Asked by Kpatra, Last updated: Dec 18, 2019

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Answered Sep 10, 2018

Thomas Jefferson

In 1801, rejecting the idea as too imperial, he submitted his messages to Congress in writing, a method used by his successors until 1913
 

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