Inspite of people of German origin making the biggest group of USA why is the language of USA English?

Answer on @Quora by Johannes Musch to Inspite of people of German origin making the biggest group of USA why is the …

Answer by Johannes Musch:

Because historically America was an English colony and the first settlers spoke mainly English in the 17th and 18th century. German speaking immigrants mainly settled somewhat later, in the 19th and early 20th century, when the USA was allready an established country, English being the language of education and in public life. Some of the German immigrants would continue to speak German in their family and community, but if they wanted to make a career in lets say university or in politics, they had to be able to express adequately in English. The use of English as official language has never been put into question in the USA in spite of some urban legend telling German had almost been adopted as official language missing just one vote in the House of Representatives in 1794 Muhlenberg legend.

Inspite of people of German origin making the biggest group of USA why is the language of USA English?

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