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A Representative from Pennsylvania, Francis “Tad” Walter sponsored George Maurer for the position of House reading clerk.
On this date, George Maurer, reading clerk for the U. S. House of Representatives for nearly two decades, died at the age of 56. Born in Easton, Pennsylvania, Maurer earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School. In 1939, he accepted a position in the Parliamentarian’s Office
for the House of Representatives where he worked with the longtime Parliamentarian, Lewis Deschler. He served in that capacity for three years before becoming a reading clerk for the House in 1943—a position he received through the patronage of Congressman Francis “Tad” Walter
, also a native of Easton, Pennsylvania. In the 78th Congress
(1943–1945), Maurer joined Alney Chaffee as one of two reading clerks for the House. On the job before the installation of an electronic amplification system on the House Floor, Maurer, known for his deep, clear voice, earned the admiration of Members for his ability to quickly and accurately read the roll call. Described by his colleagues as a “perfectionist” who “was like a machine who never made mistakes,” Maurer read complicated legislation in a timely and easy manner. Maurer also had the unique responsibility of reading the Annual Message
addresses before a Joint Session of Congress
for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “George won the friendship and admiration of the Members of the House by his unstinting devotion to his work as well as by the efficient way in which he discharged his responsibilities," Representative Thomas E. Morgan
of Pennsylvania recalled upon Maurer’s passing.