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First Meeting Place of the House of Representatives in the Capitol Plaque

Overview 

This tablet marks the first meeting place of the House of Representatives in the Capitol.

Bronze, 24" x 28"
Placed 1952
Outside S-233

Text of the Plaque:

THE FIRST MEETING PLACE
OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1800 - 1801
1804 - 1807
THIS TABLET MARKS THE FIRST MEETING PLACE OF THE
HOUSE OF REPRESNTATIVES IN THE CAPITOL. HERE - ON
NOVEMBER 18, 1800 - THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MET
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WASHINGTON, REMAINING THROUGH
THE SECOND SESSION OF THE SIXTH CONGRESS. HERE, FROM
FEBRUARY 11 TO FEBRUARY 17, 1801, THE HOUSE CAST 36
SUCCESSIVE BALLOTS TO ELECT THOMAS JEFFERSON PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE CONTEST BETWEEN JEFFERSON
AND AARON BURR.

ON NOVEMBER 5, 1804, THE ROOM AGAIN BECAME TEMPORARY
QUARTERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - DURING
THE SECOND SESSION OF THE EIGHTH CONGRESS AND THE
WHOLE OF THE NINTH, ADJOURNED MARCH 3, 1807.

PRESENTED BY
THE NATIONAL CAPITAL SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION
1951

Last Updated: April 29, 2016