A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 15, 1973

BECAUSE representative government starts with the Legislative Branch, TIME has had an enduring interest in Congress—in its leaders, its foibles, its glories, its failures. Our first issue, dated March 3, 1923 (Time Inc. had been founded four months before), carried on its cover Joseph Gurney ("Uncle Joe") Cannon, who was then 86 and about to retire to Danville, Ill., after a colorful and historic career. Since then we have published some 150 cover stories and many other major articles on Capitol Hill and its leaders. This week Uncle Joe reappears on our cover, framed by the pictures of 20 contemporary lawmakers...

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