*Party division totals are based on election day results.
/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_Henderson_2005_16_34_1.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this objectDavid Henderson of Iowa served two terms as Speaker before retiring from the House.
The 1898 elections undercut the Republican majority in the House but bolstered it in the Senate. The 56th Congress (1899–1901) dealt primarily with the consequences of the Spanish-American War. Congress formed civil governments in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. It created the Office of the Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico. Congress also provided a civil government and nonvoting Delegate for Hawaii, where it extended U.S. citizenship to the islands’ inhabitants as well.
New Jersey residents signed this anti-lynching petition now contained in the records of the House Judiciary Committee. Petitioners protested the lynching of African Americans in the South for alleged crimes …