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of Washington on public grounds near the Capitol......Jan. 25, 1853 Government hospital for the insane of the army and navy established near Uniontown, 1853; opened......1855 Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, founded by Amos Kendall, chartered by Congress......1857 Peace conference of five commissioners from each State assembles at Washington......Feb. 4, 1861 Balloon ascension for military purposes made at Washington, and first telegraph message from a balloon sent by Mr. Lowe to President Lincoln......June 18, 1861 Congress emancipates all slaves, to be valued by commissioners and paid for at a maximum of $300......April 16, 1862 Collegiate department of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, known as the National Deaf-Mute College, the only one in the world, publicly opened......June 28, 1864 Gen. Jubal Early, Confederate, attacks Fort Stevens, 6 miles north of Washington, and is repulsed......July 12, 1864 President Lincoln assassinated i
shington......Feb. 4, 1861 Balloon ascension for military purposes made at Washington, and first telegraph message from a balloon sent by Mr. Lowe to President Lincoln......June 18, 1861 Congress emancipates all slaves, to be valued by commissioners and paid for at a maximum of $300......April 16, 1862 Collegiate department of the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, known as the National Deaf-Mute College, the only one in the world, publicly opened......June 28, 1864 Gen. Jubal Early, Confederate, attacks Fort Stevens, 6 miles north of Washington, and is repulsed......July 12, 1864 President Lincoln assassinated in Ford's Theatre, Washington......April 14, 1865 Suffrage granted to colored citizens in the District......Jan. 8, 1867 The extensions of the Capitol finished......November, 1867 Howard University chartered......1867 Corcoran Art Gallery deeded to trustees by W. W. Corcoran, the founder......May 10, 1869 Congress repeals the charters of W
e, the only one in the world, publicly opened......June 28, 1864 Gen. Jubal Early, Confederate, attacks Fort Stevens, 6 miles north of Washington, and is repulsed......July 12, 1864 President Lincoln assassinated in Ford's Theatre, Washington......April 14, 1865 Suffrage granted to colored citizens in the District......Jan. 8, 1867 The extensions of the Capitol finished......November, 1867 Howard University chartered......1867 Corcoran Art Gallery deeded to trustees by W. W. Corcoran, the founder......May 10, 1869 Congress repeals the charters of Washington and Georgetown, and forms a territorial government for the District, with a governor and council of eleven members appointed by the President of United States for four years, and a House of Delegates elected by the people......Feb. 21, 1871 Henry D. Cooke, first governor......March 16, 1871 Alexander R. Shepherd appointed governor......Sept. 13, 1873 Congress abolishes the territorial government, subs
as explosion in the Capitol wrecks the Supreme Court room......Nov. 7, 1898 General Garcia, the Cuban leader, dies at Washington......Dec. 11, 1898 Congress appropriates $10,000 for the celebration of the establishment of the seat of government at Washington......Feb. 28, 1899 President of the board of commissioners of the District of Columbia are as follows: Seth Ledyard Phelps, president......July 1, 1878, to Nov. 29, 1879 Josiah Dent, president......Nov. 29, 1879, to July 17, 1882 Josiah Rodman West, president......July 17, 1882, to March 29, 1883 James Barker Edmonds, president......March 29, 1883, to April 1, 1886 William Benning Webb, president......April 1, 1886, to May 21, 1889 John Watkinson Douglass, president......May 21, 1889, to March 1, 1893 John Wesley Ross, president......March 1, 1893, to June 1, 1898 John Brewer Wight, president......June 1, 1898, to May 9, 1900 Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland, president......May 9, 1900 Florida
of Maryland to cede to Congress 10 miles square in the State for the seat of government of the United States......Dec. 23, 1788 Act of Virginia ceding 10 miles square or less upon the Potomac for the seat of government of the United States......Dec. 3, 1789 Georgetown incorporated......Dec. 25, 1789 Act of Congress locating the district for a seat of government......July 16, 1790, and March 3, 1791 President Washington appoints Thomas Johnson, Daniel Carroll, of Maryland, and David Stuart, of Virginia, commissioners to survey the federal district......Jan. 22, 1791 Nineteen proprietors agree upon terms for sale of lands to the government. Lots for public buildings to be paid for at $125 per acre, streets free; other lots to be the joint property of the owners and the public trustees......March 30, 1791 President Washington proclaims the lines and boundaries of the District. A square comprising 64 square miles in Maryland and 36 in Virginia......March 30, 1791 Fi
l Church held at Washington......Oct. 5, 1898 Gas explosion in the Capitol wrecks the Supreme Court room......Nov. 7, 1898 General Garcia, the Cuban leader, dies at Washington......Dec. 11, 1898 Congress appropriates $10,000 for the celebration of the establishment of the seat of government at Washington......Feb. 28, 1899 President of the board of commissioners of the District of Columbia are as follows: Seth Ledyard Phelps, president......July 1, 1878, to Nov. 29, 1879 Josiah Dent, president......Nov. 29, 1879, to July 17, 1882 Josiah Rodman West, president......July 17, 1882, to March 29, 1883 James Barker Edmonds, president......March 29, 1883, to April 1, 1886 William Benning Webb, president......April 1, 1886, to May 21, 1889 John Watkinson Douglass, president......May 21, 1889, to March 1, 1893 John Wesley Ross, president......March 1, 1893, to June 1, 1898 John Brewer Wight, president......June 1, 1898, to May 9, 1900 Henry Brown Floyd
years, and a House of Delegates elected by the people......Feb. 21, 1871 Henry D. Cooke, first governor......March 16, 1871 Alexander R. Shepherd appointed governor......Sept. 13, 1873 Congress abolishes the territorial government, substituting a temporary board of three commissioners appointed by the President......June 20, 1874 Permanent government of District constituted by Congress, in a board of three commissioners with no local legislative body......June 11, 1878 President Garfield assassinated in the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station at Washington......July 2, 1881 Remains of John Howard Payne, who died in Tunis, Africa, in 1852, interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington......June 9, 1883 Capstone of the Washington Monument placed (monument 555 feet high)......Dec. 6, 1884 American College of the Roman Catholic Church opened at Washington......Nov. 13, 1889 The Ford Opera-house collapsed during business hours; twenty-one clerks killed and many w
d Opera-house collapsed during business hours; twenty-one clerks killed and many wounded......June 9, 1893 President Cleveland opens the Pan-American medical congress in Washington......Sept. 5, 1893 Coxey's army invades Washington......April 29, 1894 The new Corcoran Art Gallery opened......Feb. 22, 1897 General convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church held at Washington......Oct. 5, 1898 Gas explosion in the Capitol wrecks the Supreme Court room......Nov. 7, 1898 General Garcia, the Cuban leader, dies at Washington......Dec. 11, 1898 Congress appropriates $10,000 for the celebration of the establishment of the seat of government at Washington......Feb. 28, 1899 President of the board of commissioners of the District of Columbia are as follows: Seth Ledyard Phelps, president......July 1, 1878, to Nov. 29, 1879 Josiah Dent, president......Nov. 29, 1879, to July 17, 1882 Josiah Rodman West, president......July 17, 1882, to March 29, 1883 James Ba
s explosion in the Capitol wrecks the Supreme Court room......Nov. 7, 1898 General Garcia, the Cuban leader, dies at Washington......Dec. 11, 1898 Congress appropriates $10,000 for the celebration of the establishment of the seat of government at Washington......Feb. 28, 1899 President of the board of commissioners of the District of Columbia are as follows: Seth Ledyard Phelps, president......July 1, 1878, to Nov. 29, 1879 Josiah Dent, president......Nov. 29, 1879, to July 17, 1882 Josiah Rodman West, president......July 17, 1882, to March 29, 1883 James Barker Edmonds, president......March 29, 1883, to April 1, 1886 William Benning Webb, president......April 1, 1886, to May 21, 1889 John Watkinson Douglass, president......May 21, 1889, to March 1, 1893 John Wesley Ross, president......March 1, 1893, to June 1, 1898 John Brewer Wight, president......June 1, 1898, to May 9, 1900 Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland, president......May 9, 1900 Florida
District of Columbia. The District of Columbia is the seat of government of the United States of America. Its citizens do not vote for President or Vice-President of the United States, nor in the affairs of the District. The centre of the dome of the Capitol is in lat. 38° 53′ 20″ N., and long. 77° 00′ 29″ W. Population, 1890, 230,392; 1900, 278,718. It is situated on the left, or eastern, bank of the Potomac River, 108 miles from its entrance into Chesapeake Bay, and about 185 miles, via said river and bay, from the Atlantic Ocean. The centre of the District, as originally established, was in long. 77° 2′ 27.745″ W. of Greenwich, and in lat. 38° 53′ 34.915″ N., and in the vicinity of Seventeenth and C streets northwest, in the city of Washington. In consequence of the retrocession to Virginia of the portion of the District derived from that State, that locality is now nearly on the southwestern border of the District, but it is still approximately midway bet
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