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Who dubbed Baltimore "The Monumental City"?

Who dubbed Baltimore "The Monumental City"?

On the Fourth of July, the Baltimore Washington Monument celebrated the bicentennial of the laying of its cornerstone 200 years ago. While the monument is an obvious point of pride for modern-day citizens of the city, during its day the erection of this colossal column was an unprecedented civic act in the newly-formed United States of America, giving rise to Baltimore's nickname "The Monumental City."

In 1971, Baltimore historian Wilber Harvey Hunter was apparently the first to suggest that Baltimore was given this moniker by former President John Quincy Adams on a...