Cottrell-Jury correspondence 1917-1918
After the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, George Washington and other politicians in Virginia and Maryland believed that the Potomac River could become an important artery for trade into the western frontier. The Potomac Company was founded in 1785 to build canals and do other work on and along the river to improve its navigability. George Washington was the company's first president, and James Rumsey was appointed to oversee the work. In July 1822, the Potomac Company became part of the newly formed Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company.