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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 Youngest Representative in House History, William Charles Cole Claiborne
November 23, 1817
On this date, William Charles Cole Claiborne of Tennessee, the youngest person ever elected to the House of Representatives, died.
Representative Vera Buchanan of Pennsylvania
November 26, 1955
On this date, Representative Vera Buchanan of Pennsylvania passed away during her third term in the House, becoming the first Congresswoman to die in office.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s First Address to a Joint Session of Congress
November 27, 1963
On this date, Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time as President of the United States.