By John P. Richardson,Tony Williams
An intrepid businessman, Shepherd grew to become president of Washington’s reduce condo of delegates at twenty-seven. Garrulous and politically astute, he used each lever to cajole Congress to gain Peter L’Enfant’s imaginative and prescient for the capital. His tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer platforms, timber, and gaslights, and reworked the fetid Washington Canal into one of many city’s such a lot stately avenues. After bankrupting town, a chastened Shepherd left in 1880 to increase silver mines in western Mexico, the place he lived out his last twenty-two years.
In Washington, Shepherd labored on the confluence of race, occasion, area, and concrete improvement, in a microcosm of the us. decided to be triumphant in any respect charges, he helped strength Congress to simply accept its accountability for upkeep of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city.
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Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital by John P. Richardson,Tony Williams