D.C.: Restricting dueling for 167 years

While it certainly is enjoyable to slap someone with your glove and exclaim: “I demand satisfaction. I challenge you to a duel!” when you are not getting your way, it turns out you cannot do that in Washington. In an early blow for home rule, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia on this day in 1839. Please keep this in mind the next you have a disagreement with someone while within the Federal City.

Source: The New York Times

2 Comments so far

  1. Tiff (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Freaking Aaron Burr, ruining it for everyone…

  2. WFY (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

    More likely Andrew Jackson…I believed he dueled during his presidency, but I do not believe he killed anyone while in office — that came in the early 19th century.

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