After 133 ballots—over the course of three months—the 34th Congress finally elected Nathaniel Banks as Speaker. The excited reaction of spectators in the mezzanine of the old House Chamber (now Statuary Hall) is the focus of this print, while the results are announced from the rostrum in the distance. Banks came to be known as a leading anti-slavery politician during the years leading up to the Civil War.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Exciting Scene in the House of Representatives, Washington, on the Announcement of N.P. Banks, As Speaker,” http://history.house.gov/Collection/Detail
(January 19, 2018)
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