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Matthew B. Gilmore

Category Archives: Legal history

Teddy Roosevelt and Washington DC’s “Smoke Nuisance”

In of December 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt’s annual message to Congress contained a passage which would seem rather extraordinary to us today. In that day, the President sent his annual … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris DeRose – Interview with a Washington DC History Author – “Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America”

Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America. Regnery History, 2019 1. Tell us about the book. A Congressman killed the US Attorney across from the White … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

National Archives and District of Columbia Court Records -> Kansas City?

National Archives and District of Columbia Records PUBLISHED: AUGUST 3RD, 2017 http://intowner.com/2017/08/03/national-archives-and-district-of-columbia-records/ By Matthew Gilmore* There’s an immediate threat to access to important District of Columbia records at the National … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act

What Once Was “Good order, good taste, and with due regard to public interests involved”: the origins of the Shipstead-Luce Act  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  On May 16, 1930 Congress … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kidwell’s gambit: One man’s gamble and the creation of Potomac Park

“Kidwell Meadows — riverfront views!,” contemporary advertisements might have read had John Kidwell’s bold real estate gambit succeeded. His attempt failed but the federal government’s long legal efforts to quash … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Historical Legal Materials for the District of Columbia

Click: Legal Materials and law-related resources in the Washingtoniana Division – a bibliography. I created this list back in 1996 and updated it through 1999. Washingtoniana has a wealth of legal/legislative … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment