Sculptured Eagle from Main Committee Hearing Room Ceiling

 

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Destitute of humor but soundly versed in finance, Nelson Dingley, Jr., of Maine accepted the post of Ways and Means chairman in 1895 and again in 1897.  He studiously put his Republican high-tariff philosophy to work by framing a tariff bill to counter the lower rates set forth in the Democratic Wilson-Gorman legislation. The Dingley Tariff of 1897 granted the President authority to invoke reciprocity when negotiating trade treaties.

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