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On this day – New York City chosen as 1st federal Capital of the USA

September 13

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 13 of September, repeating indefinitely

On September 13, 1788, Congress chose New York City as the first federal capital of the United States. Prior to government under the new Constitution, capitals had changed frequently, with congress meeting in locales such as Princeton, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

New York City was chosen after much heated debate, and only as a temporary capital until a final one could be decided on. After New York, the government moved to Philadelphia for ten years before settling in its permanent location of Washington, D.C.

Did you know? New York’s old city hall was redesignated as the seat of the federal government. Federal Hall witnessed George Washington’s inauguration and even housed a library for the use of Congress – in a way, it was the first “library of congress.” 📚📖📚

“Evacuation Day” and Washington’s Triumphal Entry in New York City, Nov. 25th, 1783, E.P. and L. Restein, 1879

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September 13
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