On September 18, 1793, U.S. President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of the American government.

In these days of disrespect and contempt for our system of government and the January 6th attacks incited by former President and America’s Biggest Sore Loser Donald Trump, we can do well when reminding ourselves that our first U.S. President George Washington, widely considered by historians to be one of our top leaders, if not, our greatest leader, laid down the foundation of our democracy by placing the final cornerstone of our great U.S. Capitol.

America’s greatest sore loser, Donald Trump, incited the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021.

The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War. Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave President Washington the power to select a permanent home for the federal government.

The following year, he chose what would become the District of Columbia from land provided by Maryland and Virginia. Washington picked three commissioners to oversee the capital city’s development and they in turn chose French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant to come up with the design.

However, L’Enfant clashed with the commissioners and was fired in 1792. A design competition was then held, with a Scotsman named William Thornton submitting the winning entry for the Capitol building. In September 1793, Washington laid the Capitol’s cornerstone and the lengthy construction process, which would involve a line of project managers and architects, got underway.

In 1800, Congress moved into the Capitol’s north wing. In 1807, the House of Representatives moved into the building’s south wing, which was finished in 1811. During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol on August 24, 1814. A rainstorm saved the building from total destruction. Congress met in nearby temporary quarters from 1815 to 1819.

In the early 1850s, work began to expand the Capitol to accommodate the growing number of Congressmen. In 1861, construction was temporarily halted while the Capitol was used by Union troops as a hospital and barracks. Following the war, expansions and modern upgrades to the building continued into the next century.

Today, the Capitol, which is visited by 3 million to 5 million people each year, has 540 rooms and covers a ground area of about four acres.

SOURCEHistory.com

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4 COMMENTS

  1. However you want to interpret history is fine by me. Little concerned about the certainty of commentators about their knowledge of secret societies and the influence said societies have on human history for at least the last 2022 years. Read an incredibly long and well thought out argument concerning logos, morality vs natural selection. You know there are relevant points on “both sides” when the explanation takes a masters dissertation. Unbelievably two divergent ideas can be true at the same time. My biggest concern about cornerstones are about GD and JD have not seen any recent content on The Intel Drop either. Miss ‘the hammer’. And on demand encyclopedic mind!

  2. You just can’t get over reTaRDSation over here. So going to the “People’s House” to protest a stolen election is now worse than !2/7/41 and 9/11 combined according to pundits like you and dissent about the election which the DemonRats have been doing since Trump was elected in 2016 is somehow an” attack on ‘Democracy'” . GMAFB 🤣 BTW like most if not all Presidents GW had his flaws like for instance being part of Masonic Conspiracy to steal Iroquois land prior to the signing of the Constitution. Read about that in Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery by Steven Newcomb and for that matter being a master Mason himself. No biASS here.

  3. MASONIC INFLUENCES IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY
    – Lafayette, French liaison to the Colonies, without whose aid the war could not have been won, was a Freemason.
    – The majority of the commanders of the Continental Army were Freemasons and members of “Army Lodges.”
    – Most of Washington’s Generals were Freemasons.
    – The Boston Tea Party was planned at the Green Dragon Tavern, also known as the “Freemasons’ Arms,” and “the Headquarters of the Revolution.”
    – George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States by Robert Livingston, Grand Master of New York’s Masonic Lodge. The Bible on which he took his oath was from his own Masonic lodge.
    – The Cornerstone of the Capital building was laid by the Grand Lodge of Maryland.
    Even if the initiators of the Revolution had been Christians, the fact remains that the Revolutionary War and the nation’s government were structured by the tenets of Freemasonry, not God’s Word. It was an unholy alliance at best.
    House Resolution 33 (Strange it’s named 33 is that just a coincidence?)
    “Whereas the Founding Fathers of this great Nation and signers of the Constitution, most of whom were Freemasons, provided a well-rounded basis for developing themselves and others into valuable citizens of the United States;”