Thomas Law House

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Thomas Law House
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The Thomas Law House
Thomas Law House is located in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Law House
Location 1252 6th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°52′29.3″N 77°01′11″W / 38.874806°N 77.01972°W / 38.874806; -77.01972Coordinates: 38°52′29.3″N 77°01′11″W / 38.874806°N 77.01972°W / 38.874806; -77.01972
Architect William Lovering
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference # 73002093
Added to NRHP August 14, 1973

The Thomas Law House was built in 1795 near present day 6th and N Streets, Southwest in Washington, D.C. The builder was James Greenleaf, an early land speculator in the District of Columbia.[1]

The mansion was built by Greenleaf for Thomas Law. Law was the son of Edmund Law, the Bishop of Carlisle. His brother John Law was Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh and Bishop of Killala and Achonry, and in 1795 was named Bishop of Elphin. His brother Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 1802 to 1818. Another brother, George Law, became Bishop of Chester in 1812 and Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1824. Thomas Law spent many years in India, where he made a fortune in trade. Law came to Washington in the summer of 1794,[2] met Greenleaf in November or December 1794, and was deeply impressed with him.[3] On December 4, 1794,[4] Greenleaf sold 500 city lots to Law for £50,000 (or $133,000). The price per lot was $297.60, a 372 percent increase over the $80 per lot which Greenleaf had paid just a year earlier.[5] Law inhabited the home with his wife, Elizabeth Parke Custis, who was the oldest granddaughter of Martha Washington.

In 1816, the home was purchased by former Congressman Richard Bland Lee and his wife Elizabeth (Collins) Lee.

During the Civil War, it was the Mt. Vernon Hotel. Starting around 1913, it was the Washington Sanitarium's Mission Hospital. Dr. Henry G. Hadley operated a clinic in the house from 1923 to 1961.


  1. ^ Clark, p. 139. Accessed 2012-12-02.
  2. ^ Bryan, p. 244. Accessed 2012-11-02.
  3. ^ Clark, p. 94. Accessed 2012-10-29.
  4. ^ Dowd, p. 10.
  5. ^ Livermore, p. 165.


  • Bryan, Wilhelmus B. A History of the National Capital: From Its Foundation Through the Period of the Adoption of the Organic Act. New York: Macmillan, 1914.
  • Clark, Allen. Greenleaf and Law in the Federal City. Washington, D.C.: Press of W.F. Roberts, 1901.
  • Dowd, Mary-Jane M. Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital: Record Group 42, Inventory No. 16. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.
  • Livermore, Shaw. Early American Land Companies: Their Influence on Corporate Development. Reprint ed. Washington, D.C.: Beard Books, 1999.

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