Representative Lewis Williams
submitted this resolution to create an Agriculture Committee on April 29, 1820. “And how happens it, sir, that the agricultural, the great leading and substantial interest in this country, has no committee—no organized tribunal in this House to hear and determine on their grievances?” Williams questioned. He advocated for the creation of a standing
—or permanent—House committee dedicated to addressing the interests of the agricultural community and to provide an opportunity to “let the farmers and planters speak.” The House approved its establishment on May 3, 1820, with an initial membership of seven.