Whose library formed the basis of the Library of Congress?
Answer: On this day in 1800, Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress. When British troops invaded Washington in 1815, they burned the Capitol Building and the small congressional library was lost in the fire. Retired President Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement. Jefferson’s library at the time was considered to be one of the finest in the United States. Congress accepted Jefferson’s offer, appropriating $23,950 for his 6,487 books, and the foundation was laid for a great national library.
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Wikipedia
Born: 13 April 1743, Shadwell, Virginia, United States. Died: 4 July 1826, Monticello, Virginia, United States