Rabbi gives opening prayer in the House of Representatives for the first time
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)
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 194. Congressional Globe, February 2, 1860.