Sculptured Eagle from Main Committee Hearing Room Ceiling

 

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Impassioned Ways and Means Chairman during World War I, Claude Kitchin (D-NC) voted against the declaration of war.  But once America joined the fight, he threw himself fully behind the cause.  On his shoulders fell the heavy task of funding U.S. troops.  He worked around the clock to increase taxes upon excessive corporate profits.  He suffered a stroke in 1920 after delivering a powerful speech.  His exhausting devotion to duty led a colleague to say, "He fell as truly a casualty of the war as if he had died leading the charge upon the crimson fields of France."

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