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United States Capitol

Seat of the U.S. Legislature

United States Capitol
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Abraham Lincoln's innauguration, 1861
Abraham Lincoln's innauguration, 1861
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State of the Union Address
State of the Union Address

Capitol Circle
Washington D. C.
United States

On This Very Spot on September 18, 1793 George Washington laid the cornerstone for the capitol building.

On This Very Spot on November 17, 1800 Congress held its first session in the still uncompleted building. The Capitol has been the seat of the legislative branch of the United States Government ever since.

On This Very Spot the United States Supreme Court met from 1800 until the completion of the Supreme Court Building in 1935.

On This Very Spot in August, 1814, the capitol was partially burned by British forces during the War of 1812. Repairs and additions followed until 1826.

On This Very Spot on February 23, 1848, John Quincy Adams died of a cerebral hemorrhage while Congress was in session. He had collapsed during a floor debate two days earlier and was carried into the Speaker's Room, where he lay until his death. The room is now called the Linda Boggs Room, and it serves as a lounge for the female members of the US House of Representatives.

On This Very Spot in the rotunda, presidents and some military commanders and members of Congress have lain in state. As of 2010, only 32 people have been extended and have accepted this honor. They are Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Henry Wilson, James Garfield, John A. Logan, William McKinley, Pierre L'Enfant, George Dewey, Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, John J. Pershing, Robert Taft, John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Everett Dirksen, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Claude Pepper, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Unknown Soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

On This Very Spot hundreds of Americans have served as Senators and Representatives. In addition to those listed above, some of the more famous (and infamous) include Daniel Webster, Jefferson Davis, Theodore Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, Robert F. Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd, Tip O'Neill, Robert Dole, Dan Quayle, Newt Gingrich, Fred Thompson, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner.

Visit This Very Spot
This is an operating government building and is open to the public for tours or to observe the legislature in session. For complete visitor's information, visit the official website at

Nearest Major Airport: Reagan International or Washington Dulles

Nearest Subway: Capitol South, Federal Center SW, Union Station

Latitude: 38.889722; Longitude: -77.008889

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