Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
23 Mar 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: The death of Beau Hickman

Beau Hickman’s fame was such that in the run-up to the inauguration of James Buchanan (That’s him on the left) in 1857, the Washington Evening Star published an ad encouraging readers to buy their newspaper so as not to miss anything: From the most important movements in matters of state to the pressing solicitations of […]

16 Mar 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Beau Hickman, Currency Model

Over the last few weeks, we have looked at the life of Beau Hickman as told in a book written by his cousin shortly after his death. Much of the book on Beau Hickman is taken up by different anecdotes of Hickman’s life, whether how he scammed a round of drinks out of a bar, […]

09 Mar 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Beau Hickman and the Goat

While Beau Hickman is best known for his life as a “bummer,” he was – as mentioned last week – originally a wealthy young man, with all the interests that such people have. This included, of course, the opposite sex, and there was a time when it looked as if he might actually become permanently […]

02 Mar 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Introducing Beau Hickman

Local celebrities are legion in Washington D.C. Whether the guy who runs backwards, or Concepcion (RIP) who lived and protested on Lafayette square for decades, or Doc, who is a fixture on the sidewalk outside Peregrine every morning, they are people that everyone knows. Washington has had characters like this for hundreds of years, the […]

24 Feb 2020


Lost Capitol Hill: Downing’s Restaurant

As much fun as I’ve had skimming through Ellis’s book over the last few weeks, it is also clear that his text has some important information that would otherwise have been lost. For instance, a short section on “Downing’s Restaurant” is the most cited source for information on this watering hole in the Capitol in […]

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