Timeline Story Photo Gallery

  • Speaker Thomas B. Reed, by John Singer Sargent, 1891

    Unhappy with his work, Sargent confessed, "I could have made a better picture with a much less remarkable man."

    Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

     

  • An 1890 cartoon lampoons Speaker Reed as an autocratic king extinguishing debate in the House.

    An 1890 cartoon lampoons Speaker Reed as an autocratic king extinguishing debate in the House.

    Brown Brothers, Sterling, PA

  • Political Cartoon, by Clifford Berryman, 1898

    Speaker Reed redefined and enforced the rules of the House. He is depicted here as a ringmaster restraining two of his most vocal adversaries, Democratic Representative James Hamilton Lewis of Washington, and Populist Representative Jerry Simpson of Kansas.

    Collection of the U.S. Senate, Center for Legislative Archives