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This Week in House History
The House historical highlights featured in This Week in House History are maintained by the Office of the Clerk's Office of Art and Archives. New highlights are added weekly. The collection, searchable by date or subject, includes more than 400 historical House events.
Representative Thomas McMillan of South Carolina
September 29, 1939
On this date, Representative Thomas McMillan of South Carolina died in Charleston, South Carolina.
The First Hispanic American to Serve in Congress
September 30, 1822
On this date, Joseph Marion Hernández, a Delegate from the Florida Territory, became the first Hispanic American to serve in Congress.
The McKinley Tariff of 1890
October 01, 1890
On this date, the McKinley Tariff of 1890 became law—boosting protective tariff rates of nearly 50 percent on average for many American products.
A Joint Meeting of Congress Address by Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico
October 04, 1989
On this date, President of Mexico Carlos Salinas de Gortari addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress in the House Chamber.