Congress Profiles

Choose which Congress to display:

64th Congress (1915–1917)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 435 Representatives
  • 2 Delegates
  • 3 Resident Commissioners

Party Divisions:*

  • 230 Democrats
  • 196 Republicans
  • 6 Progressive
  • 1 Independent
  • 1 Prohibitionist
  • 1 Socialist

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

James Beauchamp (Champ) Clark/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_clark_2005_16_36_1.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
James Beauchamp Clark of Missouri served four terms as Speaker of the House and three terms as Minority Leader.

Congress Overview

Democrats retained control of the 64th Congress (1915–1917) with reduced margins. The U.S. declared neutrality as warring European powers ordered food and arms while a mutual blockade interfered with U.S. shipping. Congress increased military preparedness and established a U.S. Shipping Board. Domestic reforms included a ban on child labor and an eight-hour workday for railroad employees. Congress also promised eventual independence for the Philippines and granted full U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans.

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 64th Congress. [PDF]
  • Learn more about the House of Representatives with an interactive map

Learn more about the People of the People's House

Leadership & Officers

Speaker of the House:
James Beauchamp Clark (D–Missouri)
Majority Leader:
Claude Kitchin (D–North Carolina)
Minority Leader:
James R. Mann (R–Illinois)
Democratic Whip:
N/A 1
Republican Whip:
Charles M. Hamilton (R–New York)
Democratic Caucus Chairman:
Edward W. Saunders (D–Virginia)
Republican Conference Chairman:
William S. Greene (R–Massachusetts)
Clerk of the House:
South Trimble
Sergeant at Arms:
Robert B. Gordon 2
Chaplain of the House:
Henry N. Couden – Universalist
Joseph J. Sinnott
William M. Dunbar
Clerk at the Speaker's Table:
Bennett C. Clark

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


1For this period, there is no official record in the minutes of the Democratic Caucus or elsewhere of the name of the Democratic Whip.

2Reelected Dec. 6, 1915