Did you know that the US capitol has been located in several different places ? The capital building in Maryland is one of them. It is a gorgeous building with plenty of history. Washington resigned as commander in chief to establish the precedent of civilian control of the military. The actual speech is above. The building has a great dome- one of the world’s largest wooden domes. The builder was 95% done, fell to his death and the governor refused to pay his widow for his work. Eventually a deal was worked out but his ghost still haunts the building and is seen around frequently.
Below is the timeline of the nation’s capitol. Who knew unpaid soldiers protesting from the Revolutionary war chased the lawmakers away from Philadelphia ?
After weeks of changing spelling on the word here is the skinny:
Capital =other including money etc.
Here is the Wiki version of the nation’s capitol buildings:
Prior to establishing the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., the United States Congress and its predecessors had met in Philadelphia (Independence Hall and Congress Hall), New York City (Federal Hall), and a number of other locations (York, Pennsylvania; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Maryland; and Nassau Hall in Princeton, New Jersey). In September 1774, the First Continental Congress brought together delegates from the colonies in Philadelphia, followed by the Second Continental Congress, which met from May 1775 to March 1781.
After adopting the Articles of Confederation in York, Pennsylvania, the Congress of the Confederation was formed and convened in Philadelphia from March 1781 until June 1783, when a mob of angry soldiers converged upon Independence Hall, demanding payment for their service during the American Revolutionary War. Congress requested that John Dickinson, the Governor of Pennsylvania, call up the militia to defend Congress from attacks by the protesters. In what became known as the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, Dickinson sympathized with the protesters and refused to remove them from Philadelphia. As a result, Congress was forced to flee to Princeton, New Jersey, on June 21, 1783, and met in Annapolis, Maryland, and Trenton, New Jersey, before ending up in New York City.
The United States Congress was established upon ratification of the United States Constitution and formally began on March 4, 1789. New York City remained home to Congress until July 1790, when the Residence Act was passed to pave the way for a permanent capital. The decision of where to locate the capital was contentious, but Alexander Hamilton helped broker a compromise in which the federal government would take on war debt incurred during the American Revolutionary War, in exchange for support from northern states for locating the capital along the Potomac River. As part of the legislation, Philadelphia was chosen as a temporary capital for ten years (until December 1800), until the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., would be ready.
Spring was in full mode with cherry, dogwood and forsythia everywhere.
I then toured the Naval Academy which was beautiful, inspiring and also full of history. The athletic facilities were like nothing I have ever seen. There were cadets working out like crazy everywhere while they were not marching off to class.
Although it was tempting to watch the team workout I had a 2.5 hour drive over the Bay Bridge to Salisbury for packet pick up for the marathon early the next day. It is my opinion that we will be in good hands with the kids at USNA and to never pass up a chance to get some history at any state capital.
Marylands’ motto is “STRONG DEEDS, GENTLE WORDS”. The USNA’s motto is “THROUGH KNOWLEDGE, SEA POWER.”
Stay tuned for the Salisbury Marathon report when it comes off the (Word) press.
Love to all,