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The 34th Congress opens in Washington, DC

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., circa 1846
The Thirty-fourth Congress of the United States opened in Washington, D.C. Of the 234 representatives, 85 were Democrats. Allied against them to form a majority were 100 "Opposition" or Republican members, and 51 representatives from the American Party. Nathaniel P. Banks of Massachusetts, sitting as an American Party member but later identified as a Republican, was elected Speaker of the House in February, 1856. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "House History."


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