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Holdup at Sanitary Market

24 June 2017

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Washington Post, 19 December 1969, p. B2.

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Corner houses, Fifth Street (DCHistoryQuest)

15 January 2017

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The following notes are taken from DCHistoryQuest, “an interactive GIS map that provides historical data on approximately 127,000 extant buildings in Washington, D.C.”  To save space, I have deleted lines that are left blank. Please keep in mind that if no building permit is cited, the construction date is usually conjectural.


25 5TH STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0817
Lot — 0819
Year Built — 1887
Source — Hopkins Maps


100 5TH STREET SE

Contributing — Yes
Square — 0842
Lot — 0811
Year Built — 1880
Source — DC Historical Building Permits Database
Permit # — 0225
Permit Date — August 16, 1880
Original Owner — Ruff (Sarah J.) & Davis (Virginia M.)
Builder — Schaffert, J. L.
Material — brick
Purpose — dwelling
Est’d Cost — $6,600
Qty Built — 3
Permit Note — plans on file
Microfilm Roll — 0058
Width — 18
Depth — 57
Stories — 2
Solid or Filled Land — solid
Foundation Material — brick
Front Material — brick & stone
Stone Type — brownstone courses
Roof Type — flat
Roof Material —tin
Heat — Latrobe(s)

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J. Louis Bixler: retirement

24 February 2016

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Washington Sunday Star, 6 March 1949, p. 2.

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Athol B. Gilmore: 1940 census

16 February 2016

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Federal census, 1940, 25 Fifth Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Athol B. Gilmore (owns, $4,000), head, 60, completed 12th grade, b. in S.C., lived in same place in 1935, agent, insurance company, income $2,000.
  • Marian D. Gilmore, wife, 54, completed 12th grade, b. in S.C., lived in same place in 1935.
  • Athol B. Gilmore, Jr., son, 17, single, completed 12th grade, b. in D.C., lived in same place in 1935.
  • Ella D. Brooks, sister-in-law, 52, widow, completed 10th grade, b. in S.C., lived in Wilmington, S.C., in 1935.
  • Hannah Hawkins (rents, $40), head, 75, widow, completed 12th grade, b. in Penn., lived in same house in 1935.
  • Leander J. Moody (rents, $32.50), head, 60, single, completed 3 years of college, b. in Maine, lived in same place in 1935, attorney, government, income $3,500.
  • John E. Trail (rents, $37.50), head, 28, completed 8th grade, b. in W.Va., lived on army post, Hawaii, in 1935, carpenter, construction, income $730.
  • Mary E. Trail, wife, 30, completed 10th grade, b. in W.Va., lived in same place in 1935, waitress, lunch counter, income $860.
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Residents of 100 Fifth St. in Boyd’s Directory

19 April 2015

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[Originally posted 27 January 2014; revised 19 April 2015. Since this is a corner house, there was some occasional uncertainty in the nineteenth century about whether it should be listed as a Fifth Street or an A Street address.]

The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory at 100 Fifth Street, SE:

[1871] Charles Brough (upholsterer). [Listed as 501 A St., SE.]

[1872] Charles Brough (upholsterer). [Listed as 501 A St., SE.]

[1873] Charles Brough (upholsterer). [Listed as 501 A St., SE.]

[1876] Charles Brough (upholsterer). [Listed as 501 A St., SE.]

[1879] Virginia C. Stephens (widow of George G. Stephens). [Listed as 501 A St., SE.]

[1881] P. S. Smith (clerk, Washington Market Co.).

[1883] Preston S. Smith (clerk).

[1884] Preston S. Smith (superintendent and clerk, Washington Market Co.)

[1885] Preston S. Smith (superintendent, Washington Market Co.).

[1887] Elizabeth Bentley (widow of Thomas Bentley); Belle Ryon; Benjamin F. Ryon (clerk).

[1888] Harry E. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver).

[1889] Henry E. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver).

[1890] Moses Bell (laborer). [Listed as 501 A St., SE; possibly a typo, because in the 1891 directory he is living at 501 D St., SE.]

[1891] Harry E. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1892] Harry E. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1893] Harry E. Lineaweaver (private secretary); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1894] Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1895] Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1896] Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1896] Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office).

[1898] Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Elizabeth Lineaweaver.

[1899] Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Mary B. Lineaweaver (Pension Office).

[1906] Mary B. Lineaweaver (Pension Office); Prudence N. Lineaweaver.

[1908] Elizabeth Lineaweaver; Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver); Minnie E. Carter (bookkeeper).

[1909] Mary B. Lineaweaver (Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline C. Lineaweaver).

[1911] Elizabeth Lineaweaver; Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of K. C. Lineaweaver).

[1914] Elizabeth Lineaweaver (boards); Mary B. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office, boards); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline Lineaweaver).

[1916] Elizabeth Lineaweaver (clerk); Mary V. Lineaweaver (clerk, Pension Office); Prudence M. Lineaweaver (widow of Kline Lineaweaver).

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Kline Lineaweaver: his estate

15 April 2015

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[Lineaweaver was a druggist, and after his death his widow Prudence carried on the business at 11th and M Streets, SE; the family later lived at 100 Fifth St., SE.]

Washington Evening Star, 25 January 1873, p. 4.

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Samuel McKim moves to Fifth Street

13 April 2015

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Washington Evening Star, 22 May 1875, p. 3.

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Residents of 25 Fifth in Boyd’s Directory

13 April 2015

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The following persons appear in Boyd’s Directory of the District of Columbia at 25 Fifth Street, SE:

[1875] E. D. Town (captain, police).

[1877] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician)

[1878] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician; surgeon, Metropolitan Police); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1879] S. A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1880] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1881] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Andrew J. Carrier (clerk, Census Office); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1882] Mary Mirick (teacher); Samuel A. H. McKim.

[1883] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician) [also the president of the Potomac Fruit Growers’ Improvement Company]; Mary Mirick (teacher).

[1884] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary Mirick (teacher).

[1885] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1886] Mary A. Mirick (teacher); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1887] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1888] William Saunders (watchman, Capitol Police); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Minick [sic] (teacher).

[1889] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1890] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1891] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1892] Mary A. Mirick (teacher); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1893] Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Mirick (teacher).

[1894] Emma McKim (clerk); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Everard Bierer, Jr. (clerk, pension applications [?], boards).

[1895] Mary E. McKim (typewriter); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1896] Mary A. Mirick; Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary E. McKim (stenographer and typewriter).

[1897] Naomi Baker (clerk, Pension Office); Mary E. McKim (stenographer); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician).

[1898] Mary A. Hendley (widow of William Hendley); Mary H. Hill.

[1899] Mary E. McKim (stenographer); Samuel A. H. McKim (physician); Mary A. Hendley (widow of William Hendley); Oliver A. T. Swain (physician; home 321 E St., NE); Mary H. Hill.

[1902] Frank C. Alexander (clerk); Joseph S. Stimson (draughtsman, Treasury Department).

[1903] Frank C. Alexander (clerk); Frank V. De Costa (clerk, Capitol); Joseph Stimson (draughtsman).

[1904] Robert C. Harris (confectioner); Horace E. Alexander, Jr. (collector); Guy C. Harris (Acme Candy Factory).

[1905] James W. Almarode (messenger).

[1906] Samuel T. Kalbfus (assistant assessor, District Building).

[1908] John A. Jarboe; Samuel T. Kalbfus (assistant assessor, District Building).

[1920] Franklin Atypical and Special School.

[1921] Franklin Atypical and Special School.

[1922] Franklin Atypical and Special School.

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Samuel McKim: grave

12 April 2015

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[He lived at 25 Fifth St., S.E.]

The following is from Find a Grave:

Dr Samuel A. H. McKim

Birth:

Apr. 17, 1826, Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Death:

Jul. 26, 1900, District Of Columbia, USA

Dr. McKim, a physician in Washington, D.C., testified in the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial in defense of David Herold whom he had known since he was a boy and was a friend of his family. Dr. McKim stated in trial that he believed that Herold might not have fully understood what he had done, that he was immature and unreliable, and would not trust him to deliver medicine to any of his patients for fear that Herold may tamper with the medicine. He also stated that Herold’s intelligence was that of an eleven year old.

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Spouses:

Caroline L. Gibbs McKim (1828 – 1869)*
Emma S. McKim (1840 – 1917)*

Children:

Caroline Augusta McKim (1856 – 1862)*

Mary E. McKim (1857 – 1950)*

Harriet Hutchins McKim Haddaway (1859 – 1943)*

James McKim (1865 – 1866)*

Emma McKim Myers (1871 – 1959)*

William Bridges McKim (1874 – 1874)*

Lucy May McKim (1875 – 1875)*

John McKim (1877 – 1877)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial:

Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, SA, Plot: Range 70, Site 98

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Samuel McKim: obituary

12 April 2015

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Washington Post, 27 July 1900, p. 2.

[He lived at 25 Fifth St., S.E.]

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DEATH OF DR. SAMUEL A. H. M’KIM.
Was a Veteran Physician and Long Identified with District Affairs.

Dr. Samuel A. H. McKim, aged seventy-four years, a practitioner of medicine in the District of Columbia for forty-eight years, died suddenly of paralysis at his residence, at the northwest corner of Fifth and A streets southeast, about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. He had been confined to his home by ill health for the past two years. During recent months he had suffered five paralytic strokes.

Dr. McKim was one of the best known residents of Washington. He was born in Massachusetts April 17, 1826. His grandparents came to this city from England in 1804 [?]. His parents were married here in 1815, afterward moved to Massachusetts, returning in 1844. The father became paymaster at the Marine Barracks and placed the son in Columbian University, from which the latter was graduated in medicine in the spring of 1852. He entered upon a physician’s career immediately and was an exceedingly active man during the early years of the civil war. He was appointed surgeon to the local police department in 1860 [?], serving in that capacity thirty-two years. He was the first medical assistant to the local police force.

In February, 1861, he organized a company of militia for the defense of the city of Washington, and was assigned to guard the Benning Bridge. About that time he was also visiting physician to the Washington Asylum, and in April, 1861, he became acting assistant surgeon in the army, doing duty in the military hospitals in this city. In 1889 he was appointed surgeon of the Third Battallion of the District of Columbia National Guard, with rank of lieutenant, and in June, 1893, was attached to the First Regiment of the same organization, with the rank of Captain. He retired about two years ago.

Dr. McKim was twice married, first to Miss Caroline Gibbs, of Norwich, N. Y., and later to Miss Emma Simpson, of England, who survives him. By his first wife he had three children—Mrs. Hattie Hadderway, of Pennsylvania; Miss Mary E. McKim, of this city; and Henry Gibbs McKim. As a result of the second union there is one child living, Mrs. Emma Myers, of Virginia. All the children are living and are expected to assemble at the late home of the deceased this morning. The funeral will occur Monday, and interment will be made at Congressional Cemetery. Further arrangements have not been made. Two brothers, living in Massachusetts, who were notified of the death of Dr. McKim, will first have to be heard from.

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Samuel McKim: 1880 census

12 April 2015

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Federal census, 1880, 25 Fifth St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • S. A. H. McKim, 64, physician, b. in Mass., father b. in Maine, mother b. in Mass.
  • Emma McKim, 40, wife, keeping house, b. in England, parents b. in England.
  • Mary McKim, 22, daughter, single, b. in D.C., parents b. in Mass.
  • Hattie McKim, 20, daughter, single, b. in D.C., parents b. in Mass.
  • Henry, 18, son, single, farmer, b. in D.C., parents b. in Mass.
  • Emma McKim, 8, daughter, b. in D.C., father b. in Mass., mother b. in England.
  • James Carrier, 40, board, married, lawyer, b. in England, parents b. in England.
  • Lucy Woolmer, 69, boarder, widow, at home, b. in Mass., parents b. in Mass.
  • Christine Woodruff, 40, boarder, widow, at home, b. in N.Y., parents b. in Mass.
  • Mary Mirick, 55, boarder, single, teacher, b. in Mass., parents b. in Mass.
  • Emma Williams, 43, servant, widow, b. in Va., parents b. in Va.
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Samuel McKim: 1900 census

12 April 2015

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Federal census, 1900, 25 Fifth St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Samuel A. H. McKim, head, b. April 1826, 74, married 29 years, b. in D.C., father b. in Mass., mother b. in Md., physician, rents.
  • Emma McKim, wife, b. July 1840, 59, married 29 years, mother of 1 child (living), b. in England, parents b. in England, immigration 1855.
  • Mary E. McKim, daughter, b. December 1858, 41, married 4 years, b. in D.C., father b. in D.C., mother b. in Conn.
  • Mary H. Hill, lodger, b. October 1851, 48, single, b. in Mich., parents b. in N.Y., landlord.
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J. Louis Bixler: death

12 August 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 23 March 1951, p. 18.

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Mrs. J. L. Bixler: WCTU meeting

12 August 2014

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Washington Evening Star, 10 June 1934, p. 52.

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502 Independence, SE

8 July 2014

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[Last revised 8 July 2014.]


Washington Evening Star, 31 May 1873, p. 2.

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Boyd’s Directory (1876)

  • Alfred Hamilton, 45, plate printer.

Federal census, 1880 [502 A St., SE]

  • Alfred Hamilton, 45, married, plate printer, cannot write, b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y.
  • Lydia Hamilton, 30, wife, married, keeping house, b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y.
  • Clarence Hamilton, 3, son, b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y.
  • [In 1870 census, the family was living in Georgetown.]

Boyd’s Directory (1881)

  • Alfred Hamilton, plate printer.

Washington Evening Star, 31 December 1885, p. 1.

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1900 census [502 B St. SE]

  • Lydia C. Hamilton, head, b. July 1843, 56, widow, mother of 1 child (living), b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y., owner of house.
  • Jennie Hamilton, daughter, b. August 1862, 37, single, b. in N.Y., parents b. in N.Y., dressmaking

Boyd’s Directory (1903)

  • Alfred Hamilton. [But census shows he was dead by 1900.]

Washington Post, 2 July 1906, p. 12.

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Boyd’s Directory (1908)

  • Grand Army of the Republic — Posts

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Boyd’s Directory (1909)

  • Jennie Hamilton
  • Lydia Hamilton (widow of Alfred)

“Died.” 15 May 1909, p. 5.

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Washington Evening Star, 17 May 1909, p. 20.

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Washington Post, 12 October 1911, p. 2.

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Washington Evening Star, 9 March 1923, p. 5.

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Washington Post, 3 May 1927, p. 22.

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1930 census [502 B St. SE]

  • Julia Spalding, head, owns (home worth $8,000), 53, single, b. in Md., parents b. in Md., nurse
  • Matilda B. Spalding, sister, 60, single, b. in Md., parents b. in Md., no occupation.
  • Mary E. Spalding, sister, 70, single, b. in D.C., parents b. in Md., no occupation.
  • L. A. Goley, head, rents ($30), 28, married at 24, b. in N.C., father b. in Switzerland, mother b. in Tenn., conductor, street railway.
  • Catherine P. Goley, wife, 30, b. in Va., parents b. in Va., no occupation.
  • Louise M. Goley, daughter, 0, b. in D.C., father b. in N.C., mother b. in Va.

Washington Evening Star, 14 May 1936, p. 3.

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Census (1940) [502 B St. SE]

  • Matilda B. Spalding, owns property (worth $4,000), head, 80 [?], single, completed 3rd grade, b. in D.C., lived in same house in 1935.
  • Mary E. Spalding, sister, 88, single, completed 3rd grade, b. in D.C., lived in same house in 1935.
  • Julia B. Spalding, sister, 76, single, completed 3rd grade, b. in D.C., lived in same house in 1935.
  • James A. Lucas, rents ($40), head, 37, completed 8th grade, b. in Md., lived in Hyattsville, Md., in 1935, heat [?] salesman, Standard Oil Company.
  • Mary Lucas, wife, 28, completed 12th grade, b. in Penn., lived in Hyattsville, Md., in 1935.
  • James A. Lucas, Jr., 1, b. in D.C.

[Building permits.] Washington Evening Star, 1 June 1940, p. 26.

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“Deaths.” Washington Evening Star, 28 January 1951, p. 28.

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Washington Post, 24 August 1952, p. M10.

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Washington Evening Star, 22 March 1964, p. 46.

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“Crime and Justice.” Washington Post, 30 November 1970, p. C7.

“A stereo set with headphones and other accessories, a television set, a tape deck, a diamond ring and other equipment were stolen between 1 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Saturday from the home of Paul Leventhal, 502 Independence Ave. SE.”


Lamb, Yvonne Shinhoster. “Paul Leventhal; Led Nuclear Control Institute.” Washington Post, 14 April 2007, p. B6.

Paul Leventhal, 69, founder of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington and an expert in nuclear proliferation issues, died April 10 at his home in Chevy Chase. He had melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Mr. Leventhal, a former newspaperman and congressional aide, launched his advocacy institute with a full-page ad in the New York Times on June 21, 1981, posing the question: “Will Tomorrow’s Terrorist Have an Atom Bomb?”

Since serving in the early 1970s as an aide on a Senate subcommittee chaired by Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.), Mr. Leventhal remained adamant about the dangers of nuclear terrorism and global commerce in plutonium — a key element used in nuclear weapons — and worked to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to nations or groups.

On the subcommittee, Mr. Leventhal worked on a Nixon administration bill to reorganize the Atomic Energy Commission. He described work on the legislation as a “baptism in fire” that changed his life.

Mr. Leventhal, who worked in the Senate from 1972 to 1981, was responsible for the investigations and legislation that resulted in passage of two landmark nuclear laws — the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, which split the Atomic Energy Commission into separate regulatory and promotional nuclear agencies, and the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Act of 1978, which established stricter controls on U.S. nuclear trade.

The non-proliferation act’s requirement that countries accept international inspections on all their nuclear activities — “full- scope safeguards” — as a condition for receiving U.S. nuclear assistance eventually was adopted as an international norm by the multinational Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Mr. Leventhal recognized the growth and threat of nuclear and bomb-grade materials, said lawyer Richard Wegman, who served as chief counsel for Ribicoff’s committee with Mr. Leventhal and later as counsel for the Nuclear Control Institute.

“Paul was a truly remarkable individual, exceptionally dedicated to an exceptionally difficult cause,” Wegman said. “He was one of the first to work for full-scope safeguards. . . . He insisted on incorporating that concept in legislation.”

In 1979, Mr. Leventhal served as co-director of the bipartisan Senate investigation of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and he prepared the “lessons-learned” legislation enacted in 1980 to require preventive measures and emergency planning.

He said that work left him “acutely aware of that ineffable combination of human fallibility and mechanical failure that makes nuclear plants vulnerable to accidents, and also sabotage.”

He lamented a few years ago that the flow of nuclear technology and materials from industrial countries to developing regions was continuing.

“As a result, there is now more plutonium in civilian hands than in all of the nuclear weapons in the world. And some of it has already been turned into bombs, as in India, Pakistan and North Korea, while others have used or are now using civilian nuclear programs as a cover for weapons programs,” he said in a speech in 2001, adding that Iran and Iraq raised immediate concerns.

Mr. Leventhal, born in Manhattan, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania in 1959 and received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1960. He spent 10 years as an investigative and political reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the New York Post and Newsday, until deciding that he wanted to “get inside of government and try to make it work.”

In 1969, he came to Washington as a press secretary to Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R-N.Y.), served in 1970 as campaign press secretary to Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.) and two years later was a congressional correspondent for the National Journal.

From 1972 to 1976, he concentrated on nuclear weapons proliferation as a research fellow at Harvard University’s Program for Science and International Affairs and as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.  From 1979 to 1981, he was staff director of the Senate Nuclear Regulation Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.).

After starting the Nuclear Control Institute, Mr. Leventhal served as its president for 22 years, lectured in a number of countries, organized conferences and wrote op-ed articles and books on nuclear terrorism, averting a Latin American nuclear arms race, nuclear power and the spread of nuclear weapons.

For the past several years, he directed the institute as a Web- based program that maintains a word-searchable electronic archive at http://www.nci.org and a collection of institute and Senate papers spanning more than 30 years at the National Security Archive.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Tanzer Leventhal of Chevy Chase; two sons, Theodore Leventhal of Washington and Joshua Leventhal of Raleigh, N.C; a brother; and two grandsons.

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J. Louis Bixler on D.C. Draft Board

19 April 2014

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“D.C. Draft Boards Drawn from All Business and Professional Groups.” Washington Evening Star, 9 October 1940, p. 9.

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Photo of B. G. Ladd and A. B. Gilmore

19 April 2014

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[Sorry about the quality of the picture.]

Washington Evening Star, 30 March 1950, p. 4.

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The market at A Street and Sixth, SE

28 January 2014

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Sanitary MarketThis photograph—supplied by Eric Freund via Peter Clark—shows the market at A and Sixth as it appeared in 1926. It was later known as the Sanitary Market, and today it is a private residence.

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Storm damage on Fifth Street, SE (1978)

22 January 2014

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Washington Star, 28 June 1978, p. 1.

[The woman walking her dog is Jesse Stearns Buscher, who then lived at 100 Fifth Street, SE. Thanks to Gene Berry for supplying this clipping.]

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Ladd, Bixler on registration board

17 December 2013

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Washington Post, 9 October 1940, p. 1.

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