Construction of Old Capitol began with the laying of the cornerstone on July 4,1840. Nine days later, the project's architect, John F. Rague, resigned, leaving Chauncey Swan, one of the territorial government commissioners who had selected the site of Iowa City and the capitol, to oversee construction.
The Fifth Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa convened in the building--the third capitol of the territory.
Iowa became a state in the Union.
The University of Iowa was founded in Old Capitol.
The State Historical Society of Iowa was founded in Old Capitol.
The legislature moves the state capital to Des Moines, and the Old Capitol becomes the first permanent building of the University of Iowa.
UI President Willard Boyd announces that the Old Capitol would be restored as a historic monument.