National Geographic : 1929 Apr
Photograph by Edwin L.Wisherd THE ARLINGTON MEMORIAL BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AS SEEN FROMTHE VIRGINIA SHORE "The famous sons of this Commonwealth (Virginia) furnished the leadership for acquiring the territory which makes up the continental domain of the United States. Washington gave us the thirteen colonies, George Rogers Clark added the Northwest,Lewis and Clark carried ourjurisdiction to the Pacific, Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase, Monroe secured Florida, Sam Houston brought inthe State ofTexas, Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor won the California region. Your soldiers led the forces in the field and your statesmen directed thenegotiations atthecouncil table in bringing together that vast area stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific which comprises our FederalUnion. Their wisdom endowed ourcountry with an empire." President Coolidge in an address at Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 19, 1928.