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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1792
|An act to erect a light-house on Montauk point in the state of New York
|12 April 1792
|Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)
|Signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Describes the steps to be taken before construction, such as the appointment of a caretaker and the appropriation of funds. Printed below the act are Speaker of the House Jonathan Trumbull's and Vice-President John Adams' names. Also printed is President Washington's name designating approval of the act on 12 April 1792. Enacted by Congress on 24 October 1791.
|Building Construction Law Congress Government and Civics Maritime Lighthouse President Finance Vice President
|Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Trumbull, Jonathan (1740-1809)
|Government & Politics; Naval & Maritime; The Presidency
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. Lighthouse construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. This 100 foot tower has been part of Long Island's land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859