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Study Report

Study Number: ZA-007-001-3-1-United States-ICPSR-1789

Subject Area: Refernce Materials in Machine Readable Form

Bibliographic Citation: Biographical characteristics of members of the United States Congress, 1789-1979.  [machine-readable data file] / McKibbin, Carroll R.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7428

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy, also machine-readable.

Abstract: This file includes a limited set of background variables and data on the congressional careers, as well as pre-and post-Congress political office-holding, for all members of the First through the Ninety-sixth Congresses. The data were coded from the 4th and 5th editions of the Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Congressional Directories were used for the most recent Congresses. Background variables include state of birth, year of birth, relatives also serving in Congress, military service, private or public secondary education, college attended, major occupation, and (longest held) party affiliation. Office-holding variables include the last office held prior to and first office held immediately after congressional service at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels, with judicial offices treated separately. Data on the congressional career itself include the year first elected to Congress, number of years served in each chamber and the reason for leaving Congress. The data for the period from 1789 to 1960 were collected by Carroll R. McKibbin, the University of Nebraska. The data from 1961 to the present were prepared by the ICPSR staff.

SUBJECT TERMS: biographical data. congressional officeholders. governmental elites. legislative bodies. legislators. membership. United States Congress.


Bogue, Allan, Jerome Clubb, Carroll McKibbin, and Santa Traugott. ''Members of the House of Representatives and the Process of Modernization, 1789-1960,'' Journal of American History, (September 1976).

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