1969-1983, U.S. House of Representatives – Shirley Chisholm


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

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Shirley Chisholm was an educator and author, who became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 12th District for seven terms.  Chisholm was running a daycare center when she became interested in politics.  Once in Congress she worked to expand the food stamp program and served on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.  Shirley Chisholm was the first major-party African-American candidate in 1972 when she ran for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

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.

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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