Chapters: Residence Act, Tariff of 1790, Copyright Act of 1790, Plan for Establishing Uniformity in the Coinage, Weights, and Measures of the United States, 1790 United States Census, Compromise of 1790, Naturalization Act of 1790, Moors Sundry Act of 1790, Patent Act of 1790, Battle of Fort Wayne,. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 49. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Residence Act of 1790, officially titled An Act for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the Government of the United States, is the United States federal law that settled the question of locating the capital of the United States, selecting a site along the Potomac River. The federal government was located in New York City at the time the bill was passed and had previously been located in Philadelphia. Congress passed the Residence Act as part of a compromise brokered between James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Madison and Jefferson favored a southerly site for the capital on the Potomac River, but they lacked a majority to pass the measure through Congress. Meanwhile, Hamilton was pushing for Congress to pass the Assumption Bill, to allow the Federal government to assume debts accumulated by the states during the American Revolutionary War. With the compromise, Hamilton was able to muster support from the New York State delegates for the Potomac site, while Virginia delegates gave support for the Assumption Bill. The Residence Act gave authority to President George Washington to select an exact site for the capital, along the Potomac, and set a deadline of December 1800 for the capital to be ready. In the meantime, Philadelphia was chosen as a temporary capital. Washington had authority to appoint three commissioners and oversee the construction of Federal buildings in Washington, D.C.,...http://booksllc.net/?id=1402190
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