The Capitol Building Bombing (1915)

I was doing some research on J.P. Morgan. (Ok, research backstory: In the summer 1919, he was summoned, er, subpoenaed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They wanted to ask him why he had a copy of the draft peace treaty with Germany in 1919 before it had been released to the public. I found the testimony here via Google Books. Turns out, Thomas W. Lamont was both a partner at J.P. Morgan & Co. and attached to the US Delegation in Paris.)

There are a ton of Wall Street-DC connections, but while I was reading, I ran into this set of grim events from July 1915. At around 11:40pm, on July 2, 1915, a bomb exploded in the Senate Reception Room, adjacent to the Senate Chamber. A clear picture of the damage (via Library of Congress) is here:

Capitol Building bombing
Capitol Building bombing

The July 4 front page headline from the Washington Post connected the bomber, who received his PhD from Cornell University, with this explosion and the attempted murder of J.P. Morgan:

J.P. Morgan shot
J.P. Morgan shot

About Jason R.

Jason originally hails from San Francisco and has spent time living in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Ohio, Belgium and Ghana. He's now living in DC with his wife, having completed his PhD in International Relations at American University.

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