TITLE

CAPITOL TIME LINE

AUTHOR(S)
Stevenson, Nancy
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
Appleseeds;May2003, Vol. 5 Issue 9, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on history of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Between 1780-1790 and after the American Revolution of 1775, the government needed a home, not part of any one state. Southerners wanted the new national capital to be halfway between Maine and Georgia, on the Potomac River near Georgetown, Maryland. Northerners did not like that idea. In 1787, the Constitutional Convention created three strong branches of the federal government known as: executive or the president, legislative holding two houses of the Congress and judicial holding the Supreme Court. Between 1790-1810, President George Washington appointed three men to oversee the city's growth. He also sent Andrew Ellicott and his free African American assistant, Benjamin Banneker, a skilled astronomer and surveyor, to begin laying out the 10-square-mile district, to be built out of the woods and swamps. French architect and engineer Pierre L' Enfant created a city plan for what would become Washington, D.C.
ACCESSION #
9796887

 

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