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ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY

November 17, 1800

The U.S. Congress Holds its First
Session in Washington, D.C.

On this day in 1800, the U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C. at the partially completed Capitol building. Up until this time, Congress had met either at Federal Hall in New York City or Congress Hall in Philadelphia.

The original design of the building was submitted in October, 1792 by William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician after a contest in which 17 previous plans were rejected. Thornton's design was quickly accepted and construction began in 1793.