Massachusetts State House

Boston
MA

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Built in 1798, on a cow pasture once owned by John Hancock, this state seat of government replaced the Old State House. It is a magnificent Federalist structure, designed by Charles Bullfinch, with a distinctive golden dome, which was originally wood, then copper — provided by Paul Revere. It was covered with 23 karat gold leaf for the first time in 1874.

The daily business of governing Massachusetts, by the governor, senators, and representatives, continues at the State House today. Tours are available.

Part of the Freedom Trail™.

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Jefferson biographers express astonishment that the apprenticeship with Wythe lasted five full years, 1762 - 67, at a time when almost no one studied law for more than two. Patrick Henry studied not more than six weeks, or so at least he told Jefferson, and Wythe for one was so convinced of the inadequacy of Henry’s training he refused to sign his license. Jefferson’s years under Wythe, years of virtually uninterrupted reading, not only in the law but also in ancient classics, English literature, and general political philosophy, were not so much an apprenticeship for law as an apprenticeship for greatness.

Fawn M. Brodie
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974)