U.S. At War: Battle of Washington's Birthday

Representative William J. Gallagher, 69-year-old retired Minneapolis street sweeper, had made his maiden speech: it was a nice, kindly plea for unity among the members of the House. Congressmen applauded. Majority Leader John W. McCormack was so impressed that he rose to praise old Bill Gallagher.

Next day was Washington's Birthday. Congressmen listened solemnly to the invocation by Chaplain James S. Montgomery, heard George Washington's farewell address, delivered by Representative Marion T. Bennett of Missouri. Then Michigan's labor-baiting Clare Hoffman got the floor and the House forgot all about George Washington and Bill...

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