The 44th Congress opens in Washington, DC

The Forty-fourth Congress of the United States opens in Washington, D.C. Of the 293 representatives who will sit in the House, 182 are Democrats, and 103 are Republicans. Four others sit as Independents, three as Independent Republicans, and one, Methodist minister William Harrell Felton of Georgia, sits as an Independent Democrat. On this opening day, Michael Crawford Kerr, Democrat of Indiana, is elected Speaker of the House. (By John Osborne)
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Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "House History."
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