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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) An act to erect a light-house on Montok point in the state of New York

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03396 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 12 April 1792 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 40.5 x 24.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Describes the steps to be taken before construction, such as the appointment of a caretaker and the appropriation of funds. Printed below the act are Speaker of the House Jonathan Trumbull's and Vice-President John Adams' names. Also printed is President Washington's name designating approval of the act on 12 April 1792. Enacted by Congress on 24 October 1791.

Background Information: The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. Lighthouse construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. This 100 foot tower has been part of Long ...Island's land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation.See More

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Building ConstructionLawCongressGovernment and CivicsMaritimeLighthousePresidentFinanceVice President

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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