I mean, signed a bill providing for the establishment of the Library of Congress.
Indeed, on April 24, 1800, President John Adams signed a law providing $5,000 (close to $100,000 in present-day U.S. dollars) "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress . . . and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them." 2 Stat. 56.
These books were originally housed in the Capitol building itself, but eventually moved to a separate building. Quite a "suitable apartment," wouldn't you say?
|The Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, DC, the oldest of the Library of Congress buildings.|
|The Adams Building in Washington, DC.|
And in case you were wondering, it was President Andrew Jackson who established a separate law department within the Library of Congress on July 14, 1832. 4 Stat. 579.
For more information on the fascinating history of the Library of Congress, check out Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress.
And the Library of Congress is so much more than just some big buildings in that other Washington with a bunch of books in them. They have a lot of interesting collections to peruse on their website, including maps, photographs and prints, sound recordings, and the vast American Memory collection (among others). Check it out. Make them feel special on their birthday.
Images courtesy of HeinOnline, Wikipedia, and loc.gov, respectively.