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The election of William Linn as Chaplain of the House on May 1, 1789, continued the tradition established by the Continental Congresses of each day's proceedings opening with a prayer by a chaplain. The early Chaplains alternated duties with their Senate counterparts on a weekly basis. The two conducted Sunday services for the Washington community in the House chamber every other week.

In addition to opening proceedings with prayer, the Chaplain provides pastoral counseling to the House community, coordinates the scheduling of guest chaplains, and arranges memorial services for the House and its staff. In the past, Chaplains have performed marriage and funeral ceremonies for House members.

Date of Appointment Chaplain Denomination
May 1, 1789 William Linn Presbyterian
December 10, 1790 Samuel Blair Presbyterian
November 5, 1792 Ashbel Green Presbyterian
November 27, 1800 Thomas Lyell Methodist
December 10, 1801 William Parkinson Baptist
November 30, 1804 James Laurie Presbyterian
December 4, 1806 Robert Elliot Presbyterian
October 30, 1807 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist
May 27, 1809 Jesse Lee Methodist
November 13, 1811 Nicholas Sneathen Methodist
November 6, 1812 Jesse Lee Methodist
September 23, 1814 Obadiah Bruen Brown Baptist
December 7, 1815 Spencer Houghton Cone Baptist
December 5, 1816 Burgiss Allison Baptist
November 16, 1820 John Nicholson Campbell Presbyterian
December 10, 1821 Jared Sparks Unitarian
December 5, 1822 John Brackenridge, D.D. Presbyterian
December 8, 1823 Henry Bidleman Bascom Methodist
December 9, 1824 Reuben Post Presbyterian
December 13, 1830 Ralph Randolph Gurley Presbyterian
December 13, 1831 Reuben Post Presbyterian
December 12, 1832 William Hammett Methodist
December 9, 1833 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist
December 10, 1834 Edward Dunlap Smith Presbyterian
December 24, 1835 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist
December 20, 1836 Oliver C. Comstock Baptist
September 12, 1837 Septimus Tustin Presbyterian
December 11, 1837 Levi R. Reese Methodist
February 4, 1840 Joshua Bates Congregationalist
December 15, 1840 Thomas W. Braxton Baptist
June 9, 1841 John W. French Episcopalian
December 13, 1841 John Newland Maffitt Methodist
December 14, 1842 Frederick T. Tiffany Episcopalian
December 16, 1843 Isaac S. Tinsley Baptist
December 4, 1844 William Mitchel Daily Methodist
December 1, 1845 William Henry Milburn Methodist
December 7, 1846 William T.S. Sprole Presbyterian
December 6, 1847 Ralph Gurley Presbyterian
December 1, 1851 Littleton F. Morgan Methodist
December 6, 1852 James Gallagher Presbyterian
December 5, 1853 William Henry Milburn Methodist
March 4, 1855 None[1] N/a
July 4, 1861 Thomas H. Stockton Methodist
December 7, 1863 William Henry Channing Unitarian
December 4, 1865 Charles B. Boynton Congregationalist
March 4, 1869 John George Butler Presbyterian
December 6, 1875 S.L. Townsend Episcopalian
October 15, 1877 John Poise Methodist
December 3, 1877 W.P. Harrison Methodist
December 5, 1881 Frederick Dunglison Power Disciples of Christ
December 3, 1883 John Summerfield Lindsay Episcopalian
December 7, 1885 William Henry Milburn Methodist
August 7, 1893 Samuel W. Haddaway Methodist
December 4, 1893 Edward B. Bagby Christian
December 2, 1895 Henry N. Couden Universalist
April 11, 1921 James Shera Montgomery Methodist
January 3, 1950 Bernard Braskamp Presbyterian
January 10, 1967 Edward G. Latch Methodist
January 15, 1979 James D. Ford Lutheran
March 23, 2000 Daniel P. Coughlin Roman Catholic

Notes and references

  1. ^ From 1855 to 1861 the local clergy in the District of Columbia conducted the opening prayer. Thereafter, the House has elected a Chaplain at the beginning of each Congress.

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