1855-1869, U.S. House of Representatives – Schuyler Colfax


This U.S. House of Representative Schuyler Colfax history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Schuyler Colfax and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Schuyler Colfax was a newspaper editor and friend of Horace Greeley.  He belonged to the Whig Party and briefly to the “Know Nothing Party” but broke with them over their anti-immigrant and proslavery stances.  When the Whig Party collapsed, he joined the new Republican Party, which was made up of Northern Whigs, Know Nothings, Free Soilers, and Anti-Nebraska Act Democrats. Schuyler Colfax was a staunch opponent of slavery and spoke out widely on the issue.  After he traveled across the West to Los Angeles, he wrote a book called Our New West.  Colfax was Speaker of the House in 1865 when the Thirteenth Amendment passed.  In 1868 he was elected vice president under Ulysses S. Grant but was not renominated by his party in the election of 1872.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

Schuyler Colfax was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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