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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.
Representative Clement Vallandigham of Ohio
July 29, 1820
On this date, Clement Vallandigham, a Representative who was eventually convicted of treason and exiled by the Lincoln administration to the Confederacy, was born in Ohio.
The 1980 Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the U.S. Summer Olympic Team
July 30, 1980
On this date, President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter presented more than 450 U.S. Olympic athletes with Congressional Gold Medals on the Capitol steps, after the team's boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.
The Life of Representative Matthew Lyon of Vermont and Kentucky
August 01, 1822
On this date, Matthew Lyon, one of only a handful of U.S. House Members to represent two states and who infamously brawled with Representative Roger Griswold on the House Floor, died.
The Joyous Closing of the First Session of the 84th Congress (1955–1957)
August 02, 1955
On this date, while waiting for the Senate to adjourn sine die, Members of the House broke out into song in the House Chamber.