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A Look Back: John Dingell

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The congressional page system officially began with the clerk of the House, Matthew St. Clair Clarke, announcing in his 1827 annual report the employment of young men as pages to run errands and deliver messages. The actual employment may have begun much earlier, even as far back as the 1st Congress, however official documentation was shown in a 1827 report. It then began with no more than two or three, but by 1839 it grew to 18 and then grew to anywhere from 60-100 depending on the semester. In this 1939 page school photograph is current Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan (bottom row, ninth from the right). On Feb. 11, 2009, he broke the record for being the longest-serving member of the House at 19,420 days.

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