“Well, I remember one thing, of course, we had one vote against [the declaration of war against Japan]. It was a lady from Montana—Jeannette Rankin. She voted against war. She was a strict pacifist…I remember this vividly because she was down in the front row of the chamber, which was right in front of me, and she was crying like a baby. Ev Dirksen, whom she admired, and who was a dear friend of mine, too, came down, put his arm around her, and tried to get her—because he told me—to vote present. But she would not vote present, she voted against the war.”
Irving Swanson, July 27, 2004

Image courtesy of Irving Swanson, provided by Office of History and Preservation, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives