At some point in history … the House of Representatives lost a 93-year-old Chaplain. Despite prominent mentions in the Congressional Record
, newspapers from across the country, and in texts such as Chaplains of the Federal Government
(1856), the Reverend Daniel Waldo vanished from the official list of House Chaplains sometime during the last 150 years.
The Holidays are a time for family and traditions. In the House of Representatives, Decembers have included celebrations surrounding the Capitol Christmas Tree mixed with hectic legislative sessions to conclude business so Members could return to their families.
There’s a funny-looking push button on desks that sat in the House Chamber from 1877 to 1913. Why would a Member of Congress need to ring a doorbell at his desk?
Sure, he was a Representative from South Carolina, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, and a Secretary of War. But what is Representative Joel Roberts Poinsett really
famous for? This time of year, the answer might be found in a nearby display of holiday decorations.