On March 20, 1965, Mrs. Bertram Jeffrey sent this letter to Representative Emanuel Cellar, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, advocating for the passage of the Voting Rights Act for the continuance of a true democratic system.
Letter from Mrs. Bertram Jeffrey in Favor of the Voting Rights Act, 3/20/1965, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 593573)
Statement on Reduction of Compensation to Members of Congress, 2/25/1843
Records of the U.S. Senate
This ledger was used to clarify a proposed reduction in compensation for Congress in 1843, thus reducing the Congressional budget. Congress sets the budget for its operations, including pay for Members of Congress.
On January 4, 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated William Howard Taft to be Secretary of War. Taft served as Secretary of War from 1904 until he was elected President in 1908. Taft later served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1921 to 1930.
Happy Birthday President Woodrow Wilson!
(December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924)
The Prosperity Painter, 01/30/1915
“The Prosperity Painter”, by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Evening Star on January 30, 1915, depicts President Woodrow Wilson as a painter of prosperity while the economy continued to boom in America as war raged in Europe.
…this House desires to obtain a full knowledge of all the facts which go to establish whether the particular spot of soil on which the blood of our citizens was so shed, was, or was not, our own soil, at that time…
In 1846, President James K. Polk had asked Congress to declare war with Mexico, he claimed that Mexico had “passed the boundary of the United States … invaded our territory and shed American blood upon America’s soil.” As a result, Congress declared war on May 13. On December 22, 1847, Representative Abraham Lincoln introduced this resolution calling for an investigation of the “spot” where U.S. and Mexican forces had allegedly first clashed.
Resolution introduced by Congressman Abraham Lincoln (Spot Resolution), 12/22/1847, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 306605)
Daniel K. Inouye, Senator and Medal of Honor Recipient, 9/07/1924 – 12/17/2012
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii speaks to the Remembrance Day audience at the USS ARIZONA Memorial Visitors Center. USS ARIZONA survivors are honored during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, 12/04/1991