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By Stephen A. Hansen,John DeFerrari

in the course of the Gilded Age, Dupont Circle used to be Washington's undisputed heart of wealth, energy and standing. Over two decades, it advanced from small farms and an overrun urban cemetery to a neighborhood of grand houses for society's elite. citizens incorporated destiny president William Taft, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, newspaper writer Cissy Patterson and plenty of extra. From the intimate dinners and receptions of the Cave Dwellers to the lavish balls of Mary Townsend and others within the "smart set," Dupont Circle marked each one social season within the capital. Satirized in Mark Twain's novel "The Gilded Age," the nouveau riche way of life of Dupont Circle was once fodder for newspaper superstar gossip. writer Stephen Hansen brings to lifestyles the interesting heritage of Washington's famed Dupont Circle.

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