Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1956
On November 6, 1956, the United States ' House of Representatives was elected. In the state of Maine , the elections took place on September 10th. The election was part of the general election for the 85th United States Congress that year, in which one-third of the US Senators were also elected. The 1956 presidential election , won by Republican incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower , also took place at the same time .
At the time of the election, the United States consisted of 48 states. The number of MPs to be elected was 435. The distribution of seats was based on the 1950 census .
The elections did not bring about any political change in any particular direction. With the economy flourishing, voters wanted the status quo to be maintained. The Democrats won two seats from the Republicans, but that was marginal nationwide.
In the southern states in particular, the right to vote was restricted by laws that linked the right to vote to a certain tax revenue. As a result, poor whites, but above all many African-Americans, were excluded from the right to vote. These restrictions lasted until the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1964.
Total: 435 (435)
The results of the last election two years earlier are in brackets. Changes during the legislative period that do not affect the elections themselves are not included in these figures, but are noted in the article on the 85th Congress in the section on the members of the House of Representatives under the relevant names of the representatives. The same applies to elections in states that did not join the Union until after the beginning of the legislative period. As a result, the sources sometimes contain different information, as changes during the legislative period were sometimes incorporated into the figures and sometimes not.
- 85th United States Congress including a list of all MPs.