Timelines
Establishing the District of Columbia

  • 1787
    Constution Gives Congress Power Over Capital District

  • 1790
    Virginia And Maryland Donate Land For Creation Of Federal Capital

  • 1800
    District Of Columbia Becomes Official Seat Of Government

  • 1801
    Organic Acts Passed

  • 1846
    Alexandria Returned To Virginia

  • 1871
    First Local D.C. Government Formed

  • 1874
    Congress Appoints Commissioners To Run District

  • 1878
    Organic Act Of 1878 Passed

  • 1955
    Local Board of Elections Is Established

  • 1960
    Twenty-Third Amendment Approved

  • 1961
    Twenty-Third Amendment Ratified

  • 1970
    House Again Permits D.C. Non-Voting Delegate

  • 1973
    District of Columbia Self-Government Reorganization Act Passes

  • 1978
    Congress Passes D.C. Voting Rights Constitutional Amendment

  • 1997
    Congress Establishes Financial Control Board To Run District

  • 2002
    Taxation With Representation Act Introduced

  • 2005
    No Taxation Without Representation Act Introduced In Senate

  • 2007
    District Of Columbia Voting Rights Act Introduced In House