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Encyclopedia > 77th United States Congress

77th Congress

Party Divisions:


66 Democrats

28 Republicans

1 Independent

1 Progressive

House of Representatives

267 Democrats

162 Republicans

3 Progressives

1 American-Labor

1 Farmer-Labor

1 Independent Democrat


Speaker of the House: Sam Rayburn (D-Texas)

Majority Leader: John W. McCormack (D-Massachusetts)

Minority Leader: Joseph W. Martin, Jr. (R-Massachusetts)

Democratic Whip: Patrick J. Boland(D-Pennsylvania)Died in office, May 18, 1942. Democratic Whip: Robert Ramspeck(D-Georgia)

Republican Whip: Harry L. Englebright (R-California) Died in office, May 13, 1943.

Democratic Caucus Chairman: Richard M. Duncan (D-Missouri)

Republican Conference Chairman: Roy O. Woodruff (R-Michigan)

Clerk of the House: South Trimble

Doorkeeper: Joseph J. Sinnott

Postmaster: Finis E. Scott

Sergeant at Arms: Kenneth Romney

Chaplain of the House: Rev. James Shera Montgomery - Methodist

Notable Events


1941: On March 1, a Senate resolution created The Truman Committee, the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program.

1941: On December 26, Congress held a joint meeting in the Senate chamber for an address by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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UNITED STATES v. MINORU YASUI - District Court, D. Oregon (6752 words)
Congress, on December 8, 1941, by joint resolution, declared a state of war to be existing between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and people of the United States.
The power of Congress, however, during time of war over aliens of a country which is hostile to the United States is almost plenary, (Footnote 50) as is that of the President by a series of acts dating to the foundation of the Union.
Since Congress provided for the punishment of persons violating the proclamations of the commanding officers, and since Yasui is an alien who committed a violation of this act, which included by reference the regulations of the commander referring to aliens, the court finds him guilty.
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