The 72nd Congress of 1931 was, as elected, a very narrow Republican House 218 R – 216 D. Close, but for President Hoover, good enough. That is until, 14 Congressmen-elect died.
Not all at once – that would be weird – over 13 months, for all kinds of reasons but heart attacks and pneumonias leading the list. When special elections were held, it went 218 D and 216 R. (1 Farm Laborer supported the Democrats so 219-216.)
We talk about this curious case. We also talk about the 14 Congressmen-elect who had some interesting biographies. And we talk Herbert Hoover and the spin he (tried to) put on The Great Depression.
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