Residence Act signed, making Washington D.C capital

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Date of Event: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Year: 
1790
Teaser: 

President George Washington signs the Residence Act into law, officially designating Washington, D.C. as the future capital of the United States. Washington D.C. was chosen during a compromise between Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, as Jefferson and Madison wanted a southern capital close to Virginia while Hamilton sought their political support for the Assumption bill.

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