National Geographic : 1923 Jun
©Harris and Ewing THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSING A JOINT SESSION OE CONGRESS Sitting beneath the clock behind the President, who is standing, are the Vice-President (at the left) and the Speaker ofthe House ofRepresentatives, Frederick H. Gillett. In these latter times, when the House and Senate have such stringent rules against the use oftheir respective chambers for any other than congressional purposes, it is interesting to recall that in Jefferson's day the former .chamberofthe House, now Statuary Hall, was used on Sunday as a place of worship. When Thomas Brackett Reed became Speaker of the House he was shocked tofind one end ofthe Capitol cluttered with small shops, souvenir stores, and peddlers. He promptly drove them out.