Today In History- July 27

Today In History- July 27


The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (later renamed Department of State).

1st government agency established over foreign affairs.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As part of the formation of the new United States government, on July 27, 1789, the Department of Foreign Affairs was established.  The agency was the first government organization to be created, and remains in operation today as the U.S. Department of State.  The group was given the command over the U.S. National Mint, the guarding of the United States Seal, and the recording of the national census, among other responsibilities.  Many of these duties were lated divided up among other appointed agencies during the 19th century, though the Department of States remains among the most influential Constitutional organizations created.

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