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On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Charles Stedman of North Carolina received a cake from his House colleagues, including Speaker Nicholas Longworth of Ohio.
On this date, one of the oldest
individuals to have served in the House of Representatives, Charles Manly Stedman
of North Carolina, died in office at the age of 89 years, 7 months, and 25 days. A Civil War veteran who served in the Confederate Army, Stedman arrived in Congress at the age of 70, and spent ten terms in the House. He was the last Civil War veteran to serve in either the House or the Senate. His birthday on January 29th became an annual moment for laudatory speeches on the House Floor. On the occasion of his 85th birthday, Members of the House presented tributes to Stedman, and filed into the well of the House to shake his hand. Representative William Hammer
of North Carolina proclaimed, “Major Stedman has always been a plain, modest, unpretentious citizen, close to people, a friend of the people, fair and just to all, always taking a deep interest in public affairs.” He added, “As an orator he is known in our State as one of the finest we have produced in recent generations.”