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The 43rd Congress opens in Washington, DC

12/01/1873

The Forty-third Congress of the United States opens in Washington, D.C. Of the 292 representatives who will sit in the House, 199 are Republicans and 88 are Democrats. Four others sit as Liberal Republicans, and one, John James Davis of West Virginia, as an Independent Democrat. On this opening day, James G. Blaine, Republican of Maine, Speaker of the House in the 41st and 42nd Congresses, is re-elected. (By John Osborne)

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Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "House History."  http://clerk.house.gov/art_history/house_history/index.html

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