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Firsts in the U.S. House of Representatives

Name the historic members of the United States House of Representatives who were the first in some notable historic and/or demographic way. With over 10,200 persons serving in this legislative chamber, it is difficult to know about most of these people. This exceptionally tough quiz of historical minutiae will a teaching moment as much as a quiz of your knowledge.
Includes Members of the 116th Congress
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Source: history.house.gov
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Year Starting Term(s)
State(s) Represented
Answer
Born Outside U.S. Territory or Original Colonies (Kingdom of Ireland)
1789
South Carolina
Aedanus Burke
Speaker of the House
1789
Pennsylvania
Frederick A.C. Muhlenberg
to Be Elected and Then Later Become Cabinet Secretary (1801)
1789
Virginia
James Madison
to Die of Natural Causes in Office (1790)
1789
Virginia
Theodorick Bland
to Later Become President (1809)
1789
Virginia
James Madison
to Later Become a Senator (1791)
1789
Connecticut
Roger Sherman
To Later Become Vice President (1813)
1789
Massachusetts
Elbridge Gerry
to Serve Non-consecutive Sequences of Terms
1789, 1795
Massachusetts
George Leonard
Two Represent Two States
1789, 1801
Pennsylvania, Maryland
Daniel Hiester
First Siblings to Serve Jointly
1791
Pennsylvania
Frederick and John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg
to Later Be Confirmed Cabinet Secretary (1800)
1793
Massachusetts
Samuel Dexter
Child of a Representative Also to Be Elected
1805
Connecticut
Lewis Sturges
with Native American Ancestry, alleged (Powhatan)
1817
Virginia
John Floyd
to Die in Office (1831)
1829
Missouri
Spencer Darwin Pettis
to Have Been Previously President
1831
Massachusetts
John Quincy Adams
to Kill Another Representative (1838)
1835
Kentucky
William J. Graves
Elected Posthumously
(1836)
Georgia
John Coffee
to Be Killed by Another Representative (1838)
1837
Maine
Jonathan Cilley
Alumnus of United States Military Academy (1828)
1845
Mississippi
Jefferson Davis
Jewish Person
1845
South Carolina
Lewish Charles Levin
to be Elected Under Multiple Parties (5 between 1853-1870)
1853
Massachusetts
Nathaniel P. Banks
African-American
1870
South Carolina
Josephy Rainey
with Native American Ancestry, confirmed (Cherokee)
1873
South Carolina
Richard H. Cain
Latin-American
1877
California
Romualdo Pacheco
Incumbent to Be Elected President
1881
Ohio
James A. Garfield
to Commit Suicide in Office (1906)
1893
Pennsylvania
Robert Adams, Jr.
Alumnus of United States Naval Academy (1968)
1897
Pennsylvania
John Buchanan Robinson
to Die in Automobile Accident (1912)
1909
Ohio
Carl C. Anderson
Woman
1917
Montana
Jeannette Rankin
Woman to Defeat Incumbent Congressman
1921
Oklahoma
Alice Robertson
to Die in Airplane Accident (1928)
1923
New York
Thaddeus C. Sweet
Wife to Succeed Her Husband
1923
California
Mae Ella Nolan
Jewish Woman
1925
California
Florence Prag Kahn
to Be Elected after Multiple Unsuccessful Campaigns (1922, 1924, 1926, 1928)
1931
Ohio
Frank Kniffin
Woman to Also Serve in the Senate
1940
Maine
Margaret Chase Smith
Asian-American
1957
California
Dalip Singh Saund
Indian-/South Asian-American Man
1957
California
Dalip Singh Saund
Sikh
1957
California
Dalip Singh Saund
Asian-American Woman
1965
Hawaii
Patty Minsk
Woman of Color
1965
Hawaii
Patty Minsk
African-American Woman
1969
New York
Shirley Chisholm
Roman Catholic Priest
1971
Massachusetts
Robert F. Drinan
of Puerto Rican Heritage (tied)
1971
New York
Herman Badillo
of Puerto Rican Heritage (tied)
1971
New York
Charles Rangel
Atheist (openly)
1973 (announced 2007)
California
Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr.
Openly LGBTQ Person (outed in 1983)
1973
Massachusetts
Gerry Studds
to Be Killed While Acting in an Official Congressional Capacity (1978)
1973
California
Leo Ryan
to Give Birth in Office
1973
California
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
Pacific Islander (Hawaiian)
1977
Hawaii
Daniel Akaka
to Be in a Same-Sex Marriage (2012)
1981
Massachusetts
Barnett "Barney" Frank
Openly LGBTQ Person (voluntarily disclosed in 1987)
1981
Massachusetts
Barnett "Barney" Frank
Latin-American Woman
1989
Florida
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Alumna of the United States Air Force Academy (1982)
1998
New Mexico
Heather Wilson
LGBTQ (openly) Elected
1999
Wisconsin
Tammy Baldwin
Sisters to Serve Jointly
2003
California
Loretta and Linda Sánchez
Buddhist (tied); Buddhist Woman
2007
Hawaii
Mazie Hirono
Buddhist (tied); Buddhist Man
2007
Georgia
Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr.
Muslim
2007
Minnesota
Keith Ellison
Hindu
2009
Hawaii
Tulsi Gabbard
Openly LGBTQ Man Elected
2009
Colorado
Jared Polis
Muslim Woman (tied)
2019
Minnesota
Ilhan Omar
Muslim Woman (tied)
2019
Michigan
Rashida Tlaib
East Asian-American (Japanese-American)
1959
Hawaii
Daniel Inouye
Native American Woman (tied) (Ho-Chunk)
2019
Kansas
Sharice Davids
Native American Woman (tied) (Laguna Pueblo)
2019
New Mexico
Debra "Deb" Haaland
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