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American Capitols: An Encyclopedia of the State, National and Territorial Capital Edifices of the United States

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The invention of the telephone is a subject of great controversy, central is which is the patent issued to Alexander Graham Bell on March 7, 1876. Many problems and questions ... surround this patent, not the least of which was its collision in the Patent Office with a strangely similar invention by archrival Elisha Gray. A flood of lawsuits followed the patent’s issue; at one point the government attempted to annul Bell’s patent and launched an investigation into how it was granted. From court testimony, contemporary accounts, government documents, and the participants’ correspondence, a fascinating story emerges. More than just a tale of rivalry between two inventors, it is the story of how a small group of men made Bell’s patent the cornerstone for an emerging telephone monopoly. This book recounts the little-known story in full, relying on original documents (most never before published) to preserve the flavor of the debate and provide an authentic account. Among the several appendices is the "lost copy" of Bell’s original patent, the document that precipitated the charge of fraud against the Bell Telephone Company. Read more Show Less

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There are 56 capitol structures in the United States and its territories -- and this book has 56 entries about all aspects of their genesis, construction and use including the political origins and history of each governmental unit and the story of how each site was selected (with all the political maneuvering and attempts at personal aggrandizement). Facts about the edifices themselves are in abundance -- chronologies of construction, personnel (architects, contractors, others), costs, square footage, principal contents and features (e.g., art work, furnishings, interior and exterior finish), annual maintenance and tour information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418664
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/20/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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The late Eldon Hauck lived in Anaheim, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments v
Alabama 1
Alaska 4
American Samoa 8
Arizona 12
Arkansas 15
California 19
Colorado 24
Connecticut 28
Delaware 32
Florida 35
Georgia 42
Guam 46
Hawaii 48
Idaho 52
Illinois 57
Indiana 62
Iowa 66
Kansas 71
Kentucky 76
Louisiana 81
Maine 87
Maryland 93
Massachusetts 97
Michigan 102
Minnesota 109
Mississippi 114
Missouri 120
Montana 125
Nebraska 130
Nevada 136
New Hampshire 142
New Jersey 149
New Mexico 153
New York 158
North Carolina 163
North Dakota 170
Northern Mariana Islands 177
Ohio 179
Oklahoma 184
Oregon 188
Pennsylvania 194
Puerto Rico 203
Rhode Island 207
South Carolina 215
South Dakota 220
Tennessee 226
Texas 233
United States 239
Utah 247
Vermont 252
The Virgin Islands 257
Virginia 259
Washington 264
West Virginia 271
Wisconsin 277
Wyoming 282
Appendix 287
Bibliography 289
Index 297
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