The First Handshake

November 20, 2008

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/President George Washington would bow to guests at presidential receptions to avoid physical contact and the tradition lasted through the presidency of John Adams. Washington would rest one hand on a sword and the other holding a hat to avoid the remote possibility of anyone forcing a handshake! Thomas Jefferson ended the tradition of “bowing” by shaking hands when greeting people.

Source: Constitution Facts
Photo by Cliff1066

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