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Date Taken
1800
Title
The Capitol of Washington Before it Was Burnt Down by the British
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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Capitol took place on September 18, 1793. President George Washington, dressed in masonic attire, laid the cornerstone, which was made by silversmith Caleb Bentley. Construction proceeded with Hallet working under supervision of James Hoban, who was also busy working on construction of the White House. Despite the wishes of Jefferson and the President, Hallet went ahead anyway and modified Thornton's design for the East front and created a square central court that projected from the center, with flanking wings which would house the legislative bodies. Hallet was dismissed by Jefferson on November 15, 1794. George Hadfield was hired on October 15, 1795 as superintendent of construction, but resigned three years later in May 1798, due to dissatisfaction with Thornton's plan and quality of work done thus far. The Senate wing was completed in 1800, while the House wing was completed in 1811. However, the House of Representatives moved into the House wing in 1807. Though the building was incomplete, the Capitol held its first session of United States Congress on November 17, 1800. The legislature was moved to Washington prematurely, at the urging of President John Adams in hopes of securing enough Southern votes to be re-elected for a second term as president. Not long after the completion of both wings, the Capitol was partially burned by the British on August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812. More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Capitol
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u.s. capitol building,american history
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