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This Week in House History
The historical highlights featured in This Week in House History are written by the historians, archivists, and curators who preserve the history of the U.S House of Representatives. New highlights are added weekly. The collection, searchable by date or subject, includes more than 400 historical House events.
President Thomas Jefferson’s Secret Letter to Congress
January 18, 1803
On this date, President Thomas Jefferson sent a secret letter to Congress requesting financing for a transcontinental exploration that became the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806.
House Approval of Legislation to Establish the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
January 21, 1802
On this date, the House passed H.R. 7, an act that led to the creation of a military academy for U.S. soldiers in West Point, New York.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s Petition to the 43rd Congress
January 22, 1874
On this date, suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s petition to the 43rd Congress (1873–1875) regarding a fine she received for illegal voting was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, 46 years before women were given the right to vote.
Discovering the “Lost” Records of the Early Congresses
January 22, 1939
On this date, the Washington Post published a front-page story featuring Clerk of the House South Trimble, whose staff had unearthed 19th century House documents long believed to have been lost.