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July 30, 2015

In 1789, Jefferson was our first Secretary of State under Washington and one of his first assignments was to oversee the Layout and Construction of Washington, DC. The plan for the city was approved by Jefferson in 1791, and in 1793 construction began on permanent federal buildings such as the White House and the Capitol. Work proceeded rapidly, and by 1795 the structure had progressed far enough that Secretary Jefferson approved a special activity in the Capitol that was still under construction.


 City of Washington, June 19, It is with much pleasure we discover the rising     consequence of our infant city. Public worship is now regularly administered at the Capitol, every Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, by Reverend Mr. Ralph. (Federal Orrer...

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