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A. Bill with John Quincy Adams graphicTime Warp: People
You have chosen Time Warp: PEOPLE! A. Bill has traveled back in time to discover fun facts about the people who have served as Members in the House of Representatives. Though all representatives have contributed to the legislative process, A. Bill will introduce you to a few representatives who have served as Presidents, been House building namesakes, and had interesting nicknames!

Since the U.S. Congress first convened on March 4, 1789:

bullet12,226  Members have served as representatives, senators, or both

bullet 10,358 Members have served in the House of Representatives only

bullet 1,485 Members have served in the Senate only

bullet 648 Members have served in both chambers of Congress

bullet 276 served in Continental Congress only    

portrait of John Quincy Adams
portrait of Joseph Gurney Cannon
House building namesakes
portrait of Daniel Webster
Interesting nicknames

To learn about other Members of Congress, check out the following in-depth report.

In-depth Report icon Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress (Clerk)

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