(This was originally posted on this blog on March 16, 2010.)
The House of Representatives Chamber has 448 permanent seats. Unlike Senators, Representatives do not have assigned seats. It is adorned with relief portraits of famous lawmakers and lawgivers throughout history.
In order clockwise around the chamber:
Robert Joseph Pothier
Jean Baptiste Colbert
Pope Gregory IX*
Suleiman the Magnificent
Pope Innocent III*
Simon de Montfort
Sir William Blackstone
There is also a quote etched in the marble of the chamber, as stated by venerable statesman Daniel Webster: "Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered."