First Meetings

Historical Highlight

McKinley Memorial Postcard/tiles/non-collection/i/i_firsts_chamber_postcard_1906_hc.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
The House met in this room, its current chamber, beginning in 1857.

First meeting:
March 4, 1789, New York City.

First quorum:
April 1, 1789, New York City.

Meeting in Philadelphia:
Congress convened in Philadelphia on December 6, 1790; its final day in Philadelphia was on May 14, 1800.

Meeting in Washington, D.C.:
The 6th Congress, 2nd Session convened in Washington, D.C., on November 17, 1800.

Meeting in current chamber:
The House of Representatives first met in its current chamber on December 16, 1857.