When the Congressional Mess Was a Boarding House

October 29, 2014 1:38 PM

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When the Congressional Mess Was a Boarding House

Before Congress was a mess, it had a mess -- as in a mess hall. Like today's members of Congress who share dumpy Capitol Hill row houses, 19th century lawmakers bunked in boarding houses. Historian and AFR contributor Amanda Moniz tells all.

Stories occasionally appear about the living arrangements of members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Apart from their families and in Washington for only part of the week, some congressmen (and the stories do focus on congressmen), share messy, overcrowded homes with fellow lawmakers. Their refrigerato...

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