Founding Brothers

Whose approval did Madison and Jefferson seek for moving the Capitol to the Potomac?

Chapter 2: the dinner

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The “residency question” - concerning the location of the new capitol - had also been an open question in Congress. Representatives from Pennsylvania and Virginia refused to negotiate a compromise with one another, while Virginians like Monroe, Madison, and Jefferson wanted the seat of government closer to their own home, presumably so that they could keep a eye on it. A spot on the Potomac - near George Washington's home - had been proposed, but Northern representatives opposed that idea.