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I, Section 2 of the Constitution states: "The House of Representatives
shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers."
of the Rev. William Linn as Chaplain of the House on May 1, 1789,
continued the tradition established by the Continental Congresses
of each day's proceedings opening with a prayer by a chaplain. The
early Chaplains alternated duties with their Senate counterparts
on a weekly basis. The two conducted Sunday services for the Washington
community in the House Chamber every other week.
to opening proceedings with prayer, the Chaplain provides pastoral
counseling to the House community, coordinates the scheduling of
guest chaplains, and arranges memorial services for the House and
its staff. In the past, Chaplains have performed marriage and funeral
ceremonies for House members.
* From 1855 to 1861 the local clergy in the District of Columbia
conducted the opening prayer. Thereafter, the House has elected
a Chaplain at the beginning of each Congress.
Denomination 1 William Linn Presbyterian 2 Samuel Blair Presbyterian 3 Ashbel Green Presbyterian 4 Ashbel Green Presbyterian 5 Ashbel Green Presbyterian 6 Thomas Lyell Methodist 7 William Parkinson Baptist 8 William Parkinson Baptist 8 James Laurie Presbyterian 9 Robert Elliot Presbyterian 9 James Laurie Presbyterian 10 Robert Elliot Presbyterian 10 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist 11 Jesse Lee Methodist 11 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist 12 Jesse Lee Methodist 12 Nicholas Sneathen Methodist 13 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist 13 Jesse Lee Methodist 14 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist 14 Burgess Allison Baptist 14 Spencer Houghton Cone Baptist 15 Burgess Allison Baptist 16 John Nicholson Campbell Presbyterian 16 Burgess Allison Baptist 17 Jared Sparks Unitarian 17 John Nicholson Campbell Presbyterian 17 John Brackenridge Presbyterian 18 Henry Biddleman Bascom Methodist 18 John Brackenridge Presbyterian 18 Reuben Post Presbyterian 19 Reuben Post Presbyterian 20 Reuben Post Presbyterian 21 Ralph Randolph Gurley Presbyterian 21 Reuben Post Presbyterian 22 Ralph Randolph Gurley Presbyterian 22 William Hammett Methodist 22 Reuben Post Presbyterian 23 William Hammett Methodist 23 Edward Dunlap Smith Presbyterian 23 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist 24 Edward Dunlap Smith Presbyterian 24 Oliver C. Comstock Baptist 24 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist 25 Oliver C. Comstock Baptist 25 Levi R. Reese Methodist 25 Septimus Tustin Presbyterian 26 Joshua Bates Congregationalist 26 Levi R. Reese Methodist 26 Thomas W. Braxton Baptist 27 John W. French Episcopalian 27 John Newland Maffit Methodist 27 Frederick T. Tiffany Episcopalian 28 Isaac S. Tinsley Baptist 28 William M. Daily Methodist 29 William Henry Milburn Methodist 29 William T.S. Sprole Presbyterian 30 Ralph Gurley Presbyterian 31 Ralph Gurley Presbyterian 32 Littleton F. Morgan Methodist 32 James Gallagher Presbyterian 33 William Henry Milburn Methodist 34 N/A 35 N/A 36 N/A 37 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist 38 William Henry Channing Unitarian 38 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist 39 William Henry Channing Unitarian 39 Charles B. Boynton Congregationalist 40 Charles B. Boynton Congregationalist 41 John George Butler Presbyterian 42 John George Butler Presbyterian 43 John George Butler Presbyterian 44 John George Butler Presbyterian 44 S.L. Townsend Episcopalian 45 S.L. Townsend Episcopalian 45 John Poise Methodist 45 W.P. Harrison Methodist 46 W.P. Harrison Methodist 47 Frederick Dunglison Power Disciples of Christ 48 John Summerfield Lindsay Episcopalian 49 William Henry Milburn Methodist 50 William Henry Milburn Methodist 51 William Henry Milburn Methodist 52 Henry Milburn Methodist 53 William Henry Milburn Methodist 53 Samuel W. Haddaway Methodist 53 Edward B. Bagby Christian 54 Henry N. Couden Universalist 55 Henry N. Couden Universalist 56 Henry N. Couden Universalist 57 Henry N. Couden Universalist 58 Henry N. Couden Universalist 59 Henry N. Couden Universalist 60 Henry N. Couden Universalist 61 Henry N. Couden Universalist 62 Henry N. Couden Universalist 63 Henry N. Couden Universalist 64 Henry N. Couden Universalist 65 Henry N. Couden Universalist 66 Henry N. Couden Universalist 67 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 68 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 69 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 70 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 71 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 72 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 73 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 74 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 75 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 76 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 77 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 78 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 79 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 80 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 81 James Shera Montgomery Methodist 81 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 82 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 83 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 84 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 85 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 86 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 87 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 88 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 89 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian 90 Edward G. Latch Methodist 91 Edward G. Latch Methodist 92 Edward G. Latch Methodist 93 Edward G. Latch Methodist 94 Edward G. Latch Methodist 95 Edward G. Latch Methodist 96 James D. Ford Lutheran 97 James D. Ford Lutheran 98 James D. Ford Lutheran 99 James D. Ford Lutheran 100 James D. Ford Lutheran 101 James D. Ford Lutheran 102 James D. Ford Lutheran 103 James D. Ford Lutheran 104 James D. Ford Lutheran 105 James D. Ford Lutheran 106 James D. Ford Lutheran 106 Daniel P. Coughlin Roman Catholic 107 Daniel P. Coughlin Roman Catholic 108 Daniel P. Coughlin Roman Catholic