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Romantic Gesture
Happy Valentine's Day! Below is the story of George W. Buckman and his wife, Melvina. Melvina wrote a beautiful letter to George while he was serving in the American Civil War. Representative George W. Buckman of Philadelphia served in the Pennsylvania House from 1877-1878. Before he was a Representative, Buckman served as a Lieutenant in the American Civil War. He started his military career as a private in the 17 th Regiment in the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the first few months o...
Presidential Visits
Plaque within the entrance at the Capitol Pennsylvania has a long history of welcoming American President’s into the Commonwealth during Presidential campaigns and tours. The Capitol is no exception. Many visitors to the Capitol hear about Theodore Roosevelt and his time at the Capitol in 1906 for the dedication. Roosevelt attended the dedication ceremony in October 1906, below is a picture of the plaque in the Capitol rotunda marking the spot. Also, here is a picture from the dedication day. T...
Historical Highlights
Casper W. Tyler, Courtesy of Historyunderglass.net Before he joined the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1877, Lt. Col. Casper W. Tyler was one of the 360,000 Pennsylvanians who answered the call to service during the American Civil War. His regiment took part in many of the Army of the Potomac’s most famous engagements including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. In August of 1862, Tyler helped raise volunteers for t...
Friday Member Feature: William Augustus Redding
Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer, 3 March 1924 Rep. William A. Redding was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1885 term.   A lawyer from Philadelphia, he practiced law for nearly 60 years, and he rose to the top of the field of patent law.  He successfully sued many of the top corporations in America for patent infringement including Ford Motor Company.  He also successfully sued Firestone Corporation and General Motors for patent infringem...
Spotlight on: Swearing-in-Day
Article II, Section IV of The Pennsylvania Constitution mandates that the General Assembly "shall meet at 12 o'clock noon on the first Tuesday of January each year."  Following the election of a new General Assembly every two years, the first Tuesday of January is the appointed day that the newly elected members meet and is known as "swearing-in-day".  At noon, in the Hall of the House, swearing-in-day begins, when newly elected members and reelected incumbents gather together to take...