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Beckley, John James (04 August 1757–08 April 1807), first clerk of the United States House of Representatives and first librarian of Congress, was born in England and came to Virginia as an indentured servant at the age of twelve in August 1769. Though little is known of his family in England, Beckley’s coming to America was driven more by opportunity than by poverty and came as a result of the search by ...

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Bunning, Jim (23 Oct. 1931–26 May 2017), baseball player, congressman, and U.S. Senator, was born James Paul David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky, the middle son of Louis Bunning, a ladder-manufacturing factory owner, and Gladys Best Bunning. The family stressed their Catholic faith and the importance of education. After a multisport career at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Jim graduated in ...

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Miller, Fishbait (20 July 1909–12 September 1989), doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives, was born William Moseley Miller in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the son of Albert Magnus Miller, a sea captain, and Nettie Maddox. Perhaps because his father abandoned the family, Miller actively developed people-pleasing skills at a very young age. During these years he acquired the name of Fishbait due to his small size; he retained it all his life, although at times he weighed as much as 275 pounds....

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G. David Schine. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Schine, G. David (11 September 1927–19 June 1996), government official and businessman, was born Gerard David Schine, the son of J. Myer Morris Schine, millionaire owner of radio stations, movie theaters, and hotels, and Hildegarde Feldman Schine. After graduating from Harvard in 1949, Schine was appointed by his father to be president of his own company, Schine Hotels Inc....