Edition for Educators—Trivia

Declaration of War Gavel/tiles/non-collection/1/11-29-gavel-2005_124_000.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
This gavel was used on December 11, 1941, during the votes to declare war against Axis Powers Germany and Italy. It's far from the oldest gavel in the Collection, though.
“If you will bear with me in patience for an hour . . . I am told that oratory counts for little or nothing in this House–that you want facts. I am very glad of that, because I hope to convince you within 5 minutes that I am not an orator, and within 10 minutes that I have some facts.”
- Representative Victor Berger of Wisconsin

This month’s edition for educators focuses on finding factoids about the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, using the History, Art & Archives website. The most basic information can sometimes be the hardest to find. Two hundred twenty-eight years of history and precedent produces plenty of unique and obscure trivia, and this blog presents a search for some of that trivia across our online resources.

Each of the answers to the questions below can be found on the website, and we encourage readers to search for the answers themselves.

Trivia Questions

  • What section of the Constitution gives Congress the power to investigate?
    Find the answer.
     
  • When was the first Sunday session of Congress?
    Find the answer.
     
  • Who was the first known Representative to be elected by a write-in vote?
    Find the answer.
     
  • What is on Charles Schulz’s Congressional Gold Medal?
    Find the answer.
     
  • What is the earliest election statistic on the website?
    Find the answer.
     
  • How many gavels are in the Collection search? Which one is the oldest?
    Find the answer.
     
  • How many former House Members received at least one Electoral College vote in 1860?
    Find the answer.
     
  • In what Congress does California first appear on our map of Congressional representation?
    Find the answer.
     
  • What future Representative was dubbed the most kissed man in America?
    Find the answer.
     
  • Who signed Representative (and future Senator) Daniel Inouye’s election certificate in 1959?
    Find the answer.

There’s plenty more to be found on the website, and we urge visitors to dive into the searches for Historical Highlights, Collection Objects, Records, and Media.

This is part of a series of blog posts for educators highlighting the resources available on History, Art & Archives of the U.S. House of Representatives. For lesson plans, fact sheets, glossaries, and other materials for the classroom, see the website's Education section.

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