On this day in 1798, the quiet deliberations of the Congress of these United States were disrupted. Now, we know you find that hard to believe. After all, these were the Founding Fathers. After all, John Adams was in the White House and Abigail was hanging laundry in the East Room. So shouldn’t the Federal Legislators be sitting around thinking great thoughts and passing laws and snuff boxes?
Well, despite what Sister Herman Joseph told you, Congress often debated and the debates sometimes got…well…ugly. In fact, one day early in 1798, the distinguished Representative from Connecticut approached the distinguished Representative from Vermont. Unfortunately, the distinguished Representative “A” was approaching the distinguished Representative “B” with a rather un-distinguished club in his hand. And then…
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