Lincoln inaugural at the unfinished U.S. Capitol Building, March 1861
From April 1850 until the day he abandoned Washington to become president of the Confederacy eleven years later, [Jefferson] Davis would be the new Capitol’s political champion, benefactor, and shepherd. Without him the modern Capitol, recognized throughout the world as an enduring symbol of republican democracy would never have existed.
–Guy Gugliotta, Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War
A litte irony to go with your coffee
(image/Library of Congress)