Monday, March 1, 2010

United States Capital

When we think of our first President, the name George Wasgington is on our minds but not true John Hanson, American Patriot and First President of the United States from November 5, 1781 until November 3, 1782. The Articles of Confederation only allowed a President to serve a one year term during a three year period. As the first President, Hanson had quite the shoes to fill, no one had ever been President and the role was poorly defined. Six other Presidents were elected after him, all prior to Washington taking office, and these Presidents are forgotten in history. George Washington was the first President of the United States under the Constitution we follow today.

Washington, D.C. was not the first Capitol, it was the last, becoming the capitol of the United States on November 17, 1800. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capitol under the First Continental Congress from September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774. Baltimore, Maryland was the first capitol under the Second Continental Congress from December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the first capital under the Articles of Confederation from March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783. New York City was the first capital under the Constitution from March 4, 1789 to August 12, 1790..

Begun in 1793, the United States Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. The Capitol we see today is the result of several major periods of construction, it stands as a monument to the ingenuity, determination, and skill of the American people.


13 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

I just love the interesting post you write, We learn something everyday.

Have a good week.
Take care.
Yvonne.

Linda said...

Very interesting, as always, Margaret. :) We originally were going to go to D.C. over my daughter's Spring break at the end of March/beginning of April, but instead decided on driving to Florida for the week, because I honestly couldn't bear the thought of the chance of another snowstorm, since the east has received one storm after another. I'm in need of some sunshine and hopefully by 4 weeks, Florida will deliver.

Hope you have a wonderful start to the new month. :)

A New Beginning said...

As informative as ever :)tahnsk Margaret..have a great week ahead!

Denise said...

A fascinating post Margaret and I learned something today. Thank you so much! Have a great week!

Missy said...

Very interesting history lesson!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

Margaret, you always make history so interesting. I wish you had been my history teacher in school, maybe I would have liked it much better and it wouldn't have been so hard. :-)
Thank you for the great information.
Have a wonderful week.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

well who knew? I sure didn't! Must have slept through History class that day. Actually I had the most boring history teacher ever in the 9th grade. All she did was recite dates and read from the book. Thanks Margaret for a very interesting and informative post. When I was in New York this past Fall I saw the seat that George Washington always sat in for worship service.

Patty said...

Very interesting and informative.
Sun came out for about 30 mins today. But that's better than no sun.

Lilly said...

Great post Margaret. I visited Washington some years agao and its very like the city I live in Australia, Canberra. I should ahve read your post before I ever visited and it would have helped me. Hope you are going well.

Judy said...

I learned something today, too. Thanks for another great history lesson Margaret. Your posts are always very informative and I enjoy coming to see what you will have for us next!

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~~ Another very interesting post and we all know more about the capital and George
Washington. Glad your weather is beginning to warm up a little.
Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed the post and No 9 in that movie quiz must be a joke. Each number goes to No9,one
we would never wish to see. I hate the pants low at the back too
on young and oldies. The swelling has reduced and I have had an
echo-cardiogram, so see what that shows. Take care, my friend,
Love, Merle.

Merle said...

Hi again Margaret ~~ Thanks for your comments and I am glad you liked the jokes.
I have to wait until the end of the week to find out what the echo
found out. I will post about the results when I hear them.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret:)

Very interesting and informative post. I always thought that George Washinton was the first president of US. I also thought that Washington has been the capital since the beginning. The capital buildings are beautiful and majestic.

Have a nice day Margaret:)
Joseph

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