The first successful lever action repeating rifle was the Spencer. This action was not based on a small weak handgun action. The Spencer was patented in 1860 5 years after the S&W design. But it was a rifle designed for cased and primed rifle ammo.
Location: Washington...the state, not the District of Columbia
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Ok, time for a military trivia question. During General Shermans famous March to the Sea, the march began and ended in which two Georgia cities? Hint: At the end of the march General Sherman wired President Lincoln proclaiming one city as a Christmas present.