Congress Hall

Philadelphia
PA

Inside the Senate Chamber,
second floor of Congress Hall

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Originally completed 1789 as the Philadelphia County Court House, it was the meeting place of Congress, 1790 - 1800; access is available through a Park Ranger tour.

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)