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Matthew Lyon and the First Congressional Brawl

Matthew Lyon of Fair Haven, Vt., started the first  congressional brawl on Jan. 30, 1798 by spitting in the face of Roger Griswold, a Federalist from Connecticut. Lyon, a Jeffersonian Republican-Democrat, had arrived in Philadelphia half a year earlier  ‘full ...

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Old Glory Gets A Little More Glorious

On Jan. 14, 1795, President George Washington approved adding two stars and two stripes to Old Glory, which was still pretty new. The new stars and stripes represented the two states that joined the union: Vermont and Kentucky. Residents of ...

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