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