*Party division totals are based on election day results.
/tiles/non-collection/1/1885VisitorsGalleryPass_2010_016_012.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this objectThis 1885 pass granted access to the House Visitor's Gallery.
Republicans resoundingly won control of both chambers of the 54th Congress (1895–1897) amid a deepening economic depression, but President Grover Cleveland’s fearless use of the veto, tempered the new majority’s ambition. A veto, for example, defeated an attempt to limit immigration to the literate. In response to Cleveland’s defense of the Monroe Doctrine, Congress approved an arbitration commission over the Venezuela-British Guiana boundary dispute. Congress also lifted the ban on former Confederate officials, soldiers, and sailors serving in the armed forces.