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詹姆斯麦迪逊 (James Madison) 总统于1815130日同意国会决定购买托马斯杰佛逊图书馆的法案


How important are libraries to you? Thomas Jefferson and the U.S. government saw a library as essential. That's why on January 30, 1815, President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson's personal library. The United States' first Library of Congress was destroyed in 1814. After capturing Washington, D.C., that year, the British burned the U.S. Capitol where the 3,000-volume library was stored.

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