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Collection Reference Number GLC03396
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1792 
Title An act to erect a light-house on Montauk point in the state of New York
Date 12 April 1792
Author Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description 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.
Subjects Building Construction  Law  Congress  Government and Civics  Maritime  Lighthouse  President  Finance  Vice President  
People Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  Trumbull, Jonathan (1740-1809)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; Naval & Maritime; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859