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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.
The House Purchased James Madison’s Personal Papers
May 20, 1848
On this date, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to purchase the personal papers of President James Madison from his widow, Dolley Madison, for the sum of $25,000.
The Naming of the House Office Buildings
May 21, 1962
On this date, President John F. Kennedy signed H.J. Res. 711 into law (Public Law 87-453), naming the House Office Buildings to honor three famous Speakers of the House: Joseph Cannon of Illinois, Nicholas Longworth of Ohio, and Sam Rayburn of Texas.
Clerk of the House Patrick Magruder
May 24, 1813
On this date, on the Opening Day of the 13th Congress (1813–1815), Patrick Magruder of Maryland was elected to a fourth consecutive term as Clerk of the House.
The House Select Committee on Organized Crime
May 24, 1972
On this date, the House Select Committee on Crime held hearings to investigate the involvement of organized crime in American sports.