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On February 7, 1786, Joseph Wood dated his plat laying out the town he called Woodsberry, now Woodsboro. The 40 acres were divided into 80 lots, 247 feet x 66 feet. Frederick, Second and Third streets were 33 feet wide and ran north and south. There were two alleys 16.5 feet wide running east and west. There was also a fourth street, Elizabeth, which also ran east and west through town.

On February 7, 1850, the first lamp lighting from Isabella Gas Works was conducted in Frederick.

On February 7, 1921, Sgt. Lewis F. Carter, of The Frederick City Police Department, died of heart failure in the Frederick County Courthouse while performing his regular duties. He was 64 and had lived at 111 Third Street. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

On February 7, 1963, Lee McCardell, a Frederick native, and a reporter, editor, foreign correspondent and feature writer for The Sun of Baltimore, died. He was born in Frederick on June 8, 1901. He also wrote a biography of British General Edward Braddock. He was a first cousin of fashion designer Claire McCardell.

On February 7, 1975, in an interview published in the Frederick News-Post, Frederick Mayor Ronald N. Young said he was "not considering running for a second term." He left office in January 1990, at the end of his fourth term.

On February 7, 2009, President and Mrs. Barack Obama visited Camp David for the weekend for the first time in his presidency. Their two children accompanied them to the Catoctin Mountain retreat.

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