*Party division totals are based on election day results.
/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_blaine_2005_16_27_1.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this object
With Ulysses S. Grant ensconced in the White House the 41st Congress (1869–1871) was freed to implement its Reconstruction program without delay. Numerous Southern Members, including the first African Americans in Congress—Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi and Representative Joseph Rainey of South Carolina—returned to the Capitol for the first time since the start of the war. Congress empowered new President Grant to preserve order in the South with two Ku Klux Klan acts aimed at suppressing mob rule by white supremacists. Congress also reformed the federal judiciary and established the Department of Justice.