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On This Day: Taft Became the First President Buried in Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

On March 11, 1930, President William Howard Taft became the first president buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  (Trivia question: How many other presidents have been buried there? See answer below.)  The monument pictured below marks the site. To find his grave, go past the Welcome Center and turn right on Schley Drive. After turning, you will find immediately that there […]

Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inauguration – Pic of the Week

Today is the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inauguration, which took place on March 4, 1933.  Historically speaking, it was the last presidential inauguration held in March.  As I wrote in the post on the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Confederation Congress had set the date for the first Congress to be celebrated […]

Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia — Pic of the Week

In tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and commitment to the rule of law, this pic of the week features Justice Scalia at the Library’s Magna Carta evening gala. Justice Scalia was a monumental legal thinker, who was known for his deep reverence of the United States Constitution, exuberant personality, and interest in opera. Therefore, it probably does […]

Pic of the Week: Monday is not Presidents’ Day – Or is it?

This coming Monday, February 15, we will celebrate the federal holiday, Washington’s Birthday. You may be thinking, “my calendar says Monday is ‘Presidents’ Day,’ not ‘Washington’s birthday!’” Interestingly, the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday (5 US Code 6103) and is observed on the third Monday in February as established by Public Law 90-361 […]

Pepperdine University School of Law—Pic of the Week

The remnants of snow from the colossal Washington, DC snow storm did not hinder Malibu law students from Pepperdine University School of Law from visiting the Law Library on Thursday, January 28. The law students, who are participants in the law school’s Washington, DC, Externship Semester program, visited the Law Library to receive Congress.gov research […]

13th Amendment – Pic of the Week

On this day 150 years ago, December 18, 1865, then Secretary of State William H. Seward issued the following statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment. These two digitized images come from A Century of Lawmaking.  The image below comes from the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress and shows that the […]

Nobel Week Highlighted by In Custodia Legis – Pic of the Week

This week our In Custodia Legis team celebrated Nobel Week with the Swedes and millions of others around the globe. The ten individual 2015 Nobel Laureates were honored in the Nobel Prize Award ceremony yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, December 12. If you are enthusiastic about awards […]