Thursday, April 04, 2013

Thomas Jefferson goes to church...in the Capitol

In 1800 when the seat of federal government moved from New York to Washington, DC, the Congress authorized the Capitol building to serve also as a church building.  [The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1851), 6th Congress, 2nd Session, pg.797, December 4, 1800.]  

John Quincy Adams, a member of several Presidential administrations, a Congressman, a Senator and finally a President himself as well as President Thomas Jefferson,  who coined the phrase "Separation of Church and State," attended there. [The First Forty Years of Washington Society, Gaillard Hunt, editor (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1906), pg. 13.]

I found it interesting that the author of the "Separation of Church and State", Thomas Jefferson, attended worship services in the Capitol. 

Your thoughts?