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Buying Jefferson’s Library


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When the invading British Army burned the Capitol in August 1814, they fueled the fire with 3,000 books from a small room that served as the congressional library. Among the Senate’s first orders of business as it convened in temporary quarters was to obtain a new library. In October 1814 the Senate agreed to purchase the personal collection of former vice president and president Thomas Jefferson.