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Rabbi gives opening prayer in the House of Representatives for the first time

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02/01/1860
Rabbi Morris Jacob Raphall of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York City gave the opening prayer in the House of Representatives at the first session of the Thirty-sixth Congress.  He was the first of his faith ever to give the invocation. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 194.
Congressional Globe, February 2, 1860.

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