1875-1879, U.S. House of Representatives – Robert Smalls


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

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Robert Smalls was a slave who gained freedom by commandeering a Confederate transport ship and sailing it to Union-controlled waters.  His action helped convince Lincoln to accept African Americans into the Army and Navy.  After the Civil War, Robert Smalls became a politician serving in the South Carolina legislature where he authored state legislation providing for S.C. to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the U.S.  He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the reconstruction era.

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.

Robert Smalls was a member of the U.S. House Representatives.  Many of the individuals 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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