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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: American Meridian
Location: Foggy Bottom
( H & 21st )
In his desire to divorce the operations of his new country from the traditions of Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson proposed that longitudes in the United States be based on a new American Meridian. He recommended that the meridian be placed at this location which falls on the campus of George Washington University. Nothing came of the idea and Greenwich, England remains the starting point for longitudinal measurements. The memory of Jefferson's meridian is also reflected in the name of Meridian Hill Park in Adams-Morgan.
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