Members of the House of Representatives and War of 1812

The House of Representatives’ website reports, “According to the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, nearly 300 House Members served in the War of 1812.” In the 13th Congress (1813–1815), there were 182 Representatives and 4 Delegates, so some third of Members enlisting to fight were former Members of Congress. A tremendous measure of American patriotism.

A view of the U.S. Capitol after British forces set fire to it on 24 August 1814