Need to find out who the two Senators from Kentucky were in 1832?
Or who the Representatives from Montana were in 1892?
The U.S. Government Printing Office has the answers, and now they can be found online, at no cost.
The GPO’s 2,236-page reference book, “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005,” has just been released in its 16th edition.
The publication provides the biographies of thousands of Members of Congress, from the first through 108th sessions. It also lists the territorial delegates, resident commissioners and vice presidents, providing a detailed look at how Congress has been shaped over the centuries.
“This significant historical reference tool is an example of how the digital age of printing and information gathering works hand in hand to provide the American public essential access to government information,” said Bruce James, public printer of the United States.
The publication can be accessed for free at www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/cdocuments/
hd108-222/index.html. Hard copies can be purchased for $99 online at http://bookstore.gpo.gov.
(By the way, former Sens. George Bibb and Henry Clay represented Kentucky in 1832, and William Dixon was the sole Member of the U.S. House from Montana in 1892.)
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.