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Tue, 01.18.1949

William Dawson is Elected as America’s First Black Standing Committee Chairman

On this date in 1949, Rep. William L. Dawson of Illinois was elected chairman of the House Expenditures Committee in Congress.

He was the first Black chairman of a standing congressional committee in the United States.

Reference:

History.House.gov

History.House.gov

Black Americans In Congress 1870-1989.
Bruce A. Ragsdale & Joel D. Treese
U.S. Government Printing Office
Raymond W. Smock, historian and director 1990
E185.96.R25

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