Defining moments in the history of the State of the Union Address

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 11:30 p.m. MST

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James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, began his fourth annual State of the Union in 1848 with a confirmation of the discovery of gold in California that most thought was a hoax prior to Polk’s announcement. This was the catalyst to the Gold Rush and started the great migration westward.



“The accounts of the abundance of gold in that territory are of such an extraordinary character as would scarcely command belief were they not corroborated by the authentic reports of officers in the public service,” Polk wrote. “… The explorations already made warrant the belief that the supply is very large and that gold is found at various places in an extensive district of country.”

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BU52
Provo, ut

Oh, now it makes sense. I thought you were going to find 15 points in this last SOTU speech that anyone would remember.

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