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An appointed officer of the United States House of Representatives from 1789 to 1995, the Doorkeeper of the United States House of Representatives was chosen by a resolution at the opening of each United States Congress. The Office of the Doorkeeper was based on precedent from the Continental Congresses. Without debate, the First Federal Congress created the Doorkeeper’s position by resolution on April 2, 1789. The Doorkeeper controlled access to the House Chamber and eventually oversaw the press in the gallery.

The office of Doorkeeper was abolished during the 104th Congress ( ). Thirty-three Doorkeepers served until the position was abolished by the 104th Congress and the office's duties were divided among the Sergeant at Arms, the Clerk of the House, and the newly created Chief Administrative Officer.

List of Doorkeepers

Two Doorkeepers also served as members of the United States House of Representatives (indicated below by asterisks) either prior to or after their service as a House officer.

Congress (Years) Doorkeepers, State or Territory Date Elected
1st (1789-91) Gifford Dalley, NYmarker April 4, 1789
2nd (1791-93) October 24, 1791
3rd (1793-95) December 2, 1793
4th (1795-97) Thomas Claxton December 7, 1795
5th (1797-99) May 15, 1797
6th (1799-1801) December 2, 1799
7th (1801-03) December 7, 1801
8th (1803-05) October 17, 1803
9th (1805-07) December 2, 1805
10th (1807-09) October 27, 1807
11th (1809-11) May 22, 1809
12th (1811-13) November 4, 1811
13th (1813-15) May 24, 1813
14th (1815-17) December 4, 1815
15th (1817-19) December 1, 1817
16th (1819-21) December 6, 1819
17th (1821-23) Benjamin Birch, MDmarker December 4, 1821
18th (1823-25) December 1, 1823
19th (1825-27) December 5, 1825
20th (1827-29) December 3, 1827
21st (1829-31) December 7, 1829
22nd (1831-33) Overton Carr, MDmarker December 7, 1831
23rd (1833-35) December 3, 1833
24th (1835-37) December 15, 1835
25th (1837-39) September 4, 1837
26th (1839-41) Joseph Follansbee, MAmarker December 23, 1839
27th (1841-43) June 9, 1841
28th (1843-45) Jesse E. Dow, CTmarker December 7, 1843
29th (1845-47) Cornelius S. Whitney, DCmarker December 3, 1845
30th (1847-49) Robert E. Horner, NJmarker December 8, 1847
31st (1849-51) N/A
32nd (1851-53) Zadock W. McKnew, MDmarker December 1, 1851
33rd (1853-55) December 5, 1853
34th (1855-57) Nathan Darling, NYmarker February 5, 1856
35th (1857-59) Robert B. Hackney, VAmarker December 7, 1857
36th (1859-61) George Marston, NHmarker February 6, 1860
37th (1861-63) Ira Goodnow, NYmarker July 5, 1861
38th (1863-65) December 8, 1863
39th (1865-67) December 4, 1865
40th (1867-69) Charles E. Lippincott, ILmarker March 5, 1867
41st (1869-71) Otis S. Buxton, NYmarker March 5, 1869
42nd (1871-73) March 4, 1871
43rd (1873-75) December 1, 1873
44th (1875-77) Lafayette H. Fitzhugh, TXmarker December 6, 1875
45th (1877-79) John W. Polk, MOmarker October 17, 1877
46th (1879-81) Charles W. Field, GAmarker March 18, 1879
47th (1881-83) Walter P. Brownlow, TNmarker* | December 5, 1881 |- | [[48th United States Congress|48th]] (1883-85) | [[James G. Wintersmith]], [[Texas|TX]] | December 4, 1883 |- | [[49th United States Congress|49th]] (1885-87) | [[Samuel Donelson]], [[Tennessee|TN]] | December 7, 1885 |- | [[50th United States Congress|50th]] (1887-89) | [[Alvin B. Hurt]], [[Mississippi|MS]] | December 5, 1887 |- | [[51st United States Congress|51st]] (1889-91) | Charles E. Adams, [[Maryland|MD]] | December 2, 1889 |- | [[52nd United States Congress|52nd]] (1891-93) | [[Charles Henry Turner (1861-1913)|Charles H. Turner]], [[New York|NY]]* December 8, 1891
53rd (1893-95) Alvin B. Hurt, TNmarker August 7, 1893
54th (1895-97) William J. Glenn, NYmarker December 2, 1895
55th (1897-99) March 15, 1897
56th (1899-1901) December 4, 1899
57th (1901-03) December 2, 1901
58th (1903-05) Frank B. Lyon, NYmarker November 9, 1903
59th (1905-07) December 4, 1905
60th (1907-09) December 2, 1907
61st (1909-11) March 15, 1909
62nd (1911-13) Joseph J. Sinnott, VAmarker April 4, 1911
63rd (1913-15) April 7, 1913
64th (1915-17) December 6, 1915
65th (1917-19) April 2, 1917
66th (1919-21) Bert W. Kennedy, MImarker May 19, 1919
67th (1921-23) April 11, 1921
68th (1923-25) December 5, 1923
69th (1925-27) December 7, 1925
70th (1927-29) December 5, 1927
71st (1929-31) April 15, 1929
72nd (1931-33) Joseph J. Sinnott, VAmarker December 7, 1931
73rd (1933-35) March 9, 1933
74th (1935-37) January 3, 1935
75th (1937-39) January 5, 1937
76th (1939-41) January 3, 1939
77th (1941-43) January 3, 1941
78th (1943-45) January 6, 1943
Robert R. Roberts, INmarker February 5, 1943
79th (1945-47) January 3, 1945
80th (1947-49) M.L. Meletio, MOmarker January 3, 1947
81st (1949-51) William M. Miller, MSmarker January 3, 1949
82nd (1951-53) January 3, 1951
83rd (1953-55) Tom J. Kennamer, MOmarker January 3, 1953
84th (1955-57) William M. Miller, MSmarker January 5, 1955
85th (1957-59) January 3, 1957
86th (1959-61) January 7, 1959
87th (1961-63) January 3, 1961
88th (1963-65) January 9, 1963
89th (1965-67) January 4, 1965
90th (1967-69) January 10, 1967
91st (1969-71) January 3, 1969
92nd (1971-73) January 21, 1971
93rd (1973-75) January 3, 1973
James T. Molloy, NYmarker December 31, 1974
94th (1975-77) January 14, 1975
95th (1977-79) January 4, 1977
96th (1979-81) January 15, 1979
97th (1981-83) January 5, 1981
98th (1983-85) January 3, 1983
99th (1985-87) January 3, 1985
100th (1987-89) January 6, 1987
101st (1989-91) January 3, 1989
102nd (1991-93) January 3, 1991
103rd (1993-95) January 5, 1993


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