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Washington was to be governed by a mayor appointed annually by the president and a Page 4 twelve-member council elected by the voters. Several changes followed this initial arrangement. In 1812, the city council was permitted to elect the mayor, a practice that continued until 1820, when the people were allowed to elect the mayor. This form remained in effect until 1871. 26 square miles. 3 Apparently, their decision to rejoin their home state was influenced by a number of reasons: disenfranchisement, lack of economic prosperity, the slavery issue and others.

Public Law 93-198, sec. 434; 87 Statutes at Large 774 (1973) 17. Because of the differences between the respective versions of the House and Senate home rule bills, some of the above provisions were either altered or eliminated from the measure that was finally approved by the two houses. Congressional Quarterly Almanac 29 (1973): 737741. Washington Post, 6 October 1973, D-1; 12 November 1973, C-1. 18. Congressional Quarterly Almanac 29 (1973): 738. 19. There is considerable variation in the design of federal systems.

Both of these institutions helped tremendously by furnishing an intellectual and materially supportive environment for research and writing. Without the year at the Wilson Center, the book would not have been possible. R. Kent Weaver and I collaborated on an article dealing with Congress and the District of Columbia government (The Brookings Review, Page xvii Summer 1989) that provided a foundation for this study. Donald Rowat was not only generous with advice and counsel but also with documents from his personal library on federal capitals.

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