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Hon. James G. Blaine, Representative from Maine, engraving by George Edward Perine, ca. 1863–1876

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Some House leaders have exercised influence through their powerful personalities. Blaine was a striking example. He became Speaker in 1869, at the start of his fourth term in the House. Blaine chose to lead behind the scenes rather than through his oratory or parliamentary skills. His three terms as Speaker were admired for his firm and fair command over the House.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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