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17th Congress (1821–1823)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 187 Representatives
  • 4 Delegates

Party Divisions:*

  • 32 Federalists
  • 155 Democratic Republicans

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

Philip Pendleton Barbour/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_Barbour_2005_16_10_1.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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A one term Speaker from Virginia, Philip Barbour served eight non-consecutive terms in the House.

Congress Overview

The steady decline of the Federalists left the 17th Congress (1821–1823) in the hands of the Democratic Republicans, but partisan triumph began giving way to political and personal factionalism. After Spain transferred the Florida territory to the U.S., Congress authorized its new territorial government, and Joseph Hernández was elected Florida’s Delegate, becoming the first Hispanic American elected to Congress. Congress also appropriated funds for diplomatic missions to the Latin American countries that had just won independence from Spain.

Member Information

  • Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, (1774–2005), Official Annotated Membership Roster by State with Vacancy and Special Election Information for the 17th Congress. [PDF]
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Leadership & Officers

Speaker of the House:
Philip P. Barbour (D–Virginia)
Clerk of the House:
Matthew St. Clair Clarke
Thomas Dougherty
Sergeant at Arms:
Thomas Dunn
Chaplain of the House:
Jared Sparks – Unitarian
John Breckenridge – Presbyterian
Benjamin Burch

To view complete lists of individuals who have served in these leadership and official positions since the 1st Congress, visit the People section