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National Statuary Hall - U.S. Capitol

The House of Representatives first occupied this space south of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in 1809 and used it as their meeting room for almost 50 years. In 1857 the House moved to its present chamber, and in 1864 Congress invited each state to contribute two statues of prominent citizens to a for permanent display in the room, which was renamed National Statuary Hall.


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Taken on August 26, 2011