In 1791, Pierre Charles L'Enfant was hired as city planner of what would become Washington, D.C. However, after little more than a year, L'Enfant was dismissed after a dispute erupted involving the destruction of a mansion on Capitol Hill belonging to wealthy landowner Daniel Carroll that interfered with L'Enfant's vision of what would become our nation's capital. The original city surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, and his assistant, Benjamin Banneker, were asked to carry out the construction of the city using the L'Enfant Plan.
Robert Benedetto is associate librarian and associate professor of bibliography at Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. Jane Donovan is a freelance writer. She is the author of five books, and her articles and photography have appeared in the Washington Post, Georgetown Courier, Virginia Heritage, and other publications. Kathleen DuVall is a freelance editor. Previously she worked as managing editor of Interpretation, a quarterly journal published by the Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Maps Part 4 Chronology Part 5 Introduction Part 6 THE DICTIONARY Part 7 Bibliography Part 8 Appendix 1: Washington, D.C., at a Glance Part 9 Appendix 2: Washington History Collections Part 10 Appendix 3: Calendar of Annual Events Part 11 Appendix 4: Mayors, Governors, and Founding Commissioners Part 12 About the Authors