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Philadelphia used to be the Capital

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I didn't realize how many Capitals there've been in this country. I recently applied to a job in York, Pa and was doing some research on the city when I came across this article. Apparently, our Capital has been quite a few places; Philly, New York, York...

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They had good reason to move from Philly. Apparently, they were crooks then also!!

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Philadelphia remained the seat of government until 1783, when Congress fled yet again, this time intimidated not by a British army but by unruly soldiers demanding back pay.
post #2 of 16
I guess the slogan "support our troops" hadn't been invented yet.

Jon.
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Just thinking out loud... Imagine the power regular people had back then if they could force the Capital to move.
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Originally Posted by Tck13
Just thinking out loud... Imagine the power regular people had back then if they could force the Capital to move.

Yeah...but, you aren't looking at this in relative terms. The US was not the US of today; there were no long-range missiles, nuclear submarines or machine guns. The "˜country' was in dire-straits, financially, militarily, and diplomatically. Thus, it could not hold out as well as the US of today.

Jon.
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There are a number of humorous stories about state capitals moving around and the machinations early legislators undertook to facilitate or foil relocations. A bill was actually passed in the Minnesota legislature back shortly after statehood (1850s IIRC) to move the capital from St. Paul to St. Peter. The bill — which needed only the governor's signature to become law — was stolen from the legislative chambers by a quite eccentric senator. When the deadline for the governor affixing his signature passed, the senator and the now-dead paperwork re-appeared, meaning St. Paul kept the capital. The senator was found out to have spent the entire several days in "hiding" in bars and flophouses within blocks of the legislative chambers. Omaha and Lincoln have fought over the Nebraska capital almost since statehood.
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I'm from the city that left the Liberty Bell cracked / Where the Constitution's release party was held at.
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Yeah…but, you aren’t looking at this in relative terms. The US was not the US of today; there were no long-range missiles, nuclear submarines or machine guns. The ‘country’ was in dire-straits, financially, militarily, and diplomatically. Thus, it could not hold out as well as the US of today.

Jon.


I was going to joke around about driving down to the Capital this weekend with my musket / gun powder to get some of the money I think they owe me but I guess you can't really joke about that stuff these days.
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Originally Posted by Tck13
I was going to joke around about driving down to the Capital this weekend with my musket / gun powder to get some of the money I think they owe me but I guess you can't really joke about that stuff these days.

Plus if you are going to do it, you really should wait till the 5th of November (what? Well, we used to be a British colony, and they wouldn't give us representation either).

Jon.
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
There are a number of humorous stories about state capitals moving around and the machinations early legislators undertook to facilitate or foil relocations. A bill was actually passed in the Minnesota legislature back shortly after statehood (1850s IIRC) to move the capital from St. Paul to St. Peter. The bill "” which needed only the governor's signature to become law "” was stolen from the legislative chambers by a quite eccentric senator. When the deadline for the governor affixing his signature passed, the senator and the now-dead paperwork re-appeared, meaning St. Paul kept the capital. The senator was found out to have spent the entire several days in "hiding" in bars and flophouses within blocks of the legislative chambers.

Omaha and Lincoln have fought over the Nebraska capital almost since statehood.


So, which city won?

(I know, it's "Nebraska City," isn't it?)
post #10 of 16
Does that make David Bresch our President? Breschident?
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tck13
I didn't realize how many Capitals there've been in this country. I recently applied to a job in York, Pa and was doing some research on the city when I came across this article. Apparently, our Capital has been quite a few places; Philly, New York, York...


Annapolis. It's the only place where the original capital building is still standing (or something like that). Maybe it's the only state capital that was also the nation's capital.

bob
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Annapolis. It's the only place where the original capital building is still standing (or something like that). Maybe it's the only state capital that was also the nation's capital.

bob
How 'bout Montgomery, Alabama?





...oh, you meant that nation.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tck13
They had good reason to move from Philly. Apparently, they were crooks then also!!
Yeah, thank the mercies they moved it to the bastion of integrity and lawfulness that is the current capital!
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
How 'bout Montgomery, Alabama?
...oh, you meant that nation.


My wife knows this stuff 'cause she grew up here. I think it is the only building that was used as the US capital that is also currently used as the state house.

Here we go: "The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use." That's the best I can do. Sheesh.

b
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How 'bout Montgomery, Alabama?





...oh, you meant that nation.

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