Why the 2020 Census is important to Oklahoma Posted in: Opinions Shortly after the inauguration of the United States’ first president in New York City, the First United States Congress signed the Census Act of 1790. Signed into law by President George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and Speaker of the House Frederick Muhlenberg, the Census Act of 1790 called for ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!