Washington DC has been our nation’s capital since 1800. Did you know before that we had several other capitals? Our legislators were on the move.
For clarities sake and to relax any grammarian’s feathers:
Capital: the city or town that is the official seat of government in a country, state, etc.
Capitol: the building in Washington, D.C., used by the Congress of the U.S. for its sessions. A building occupied by a state legislature.
The First Continental Congress
1. met from September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Carpenter’s Hall
The Second Continental Congress
2. met from May 10, 1775 to December 12, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the State House
3. From December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777 they met in Baltimore, Maryland at Henry Fite’s House
4. From March 4, 1777 to September 18, 1777 they met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the State House
5. On September 27, 1777 they met in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Court House
6. From September 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778 they met at York, Pennsylvania at the Court House
7. From July 2, 1778 to March 1, 1781they met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the College Hall and then the State House
Congress under the Articles of Confederation
8. From March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783 they met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the State House
9. From June 30, 1783 to November 4, 1783 they met in Princeton, New Jersey, at Prospect then at Nassau Hall
10. From November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784 they met in Annapolis, Maryland at the State House
11. From November 1, 1784 to December 24, 1784 they met in Trenton, New Jersey at the French Arms Tavern
12. From January 11, 1785 to Autumn 1788 they met in New York, New York at City Hall then at Fraunce's Tavern
Congress under the Constitution
13. From March 4, 1789 to August 12, 1790 they met in New York, New York at Federal Hall
14. From December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800 they met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia County Building–Congress Hall
As our new Congress gets underway let’s remember that we are commanded in Scripture to pray for our leaders.
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:1-4