Congressional biography compendium available online

The Government Printing Office today placed online its compendium of biographies of every American who has served in Congress.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005, contains more than 2,000 pages of biographies about each member of the Senate and House since the first Congress adjourned in New York City.

'This significant historical reference tool is an example of how the digital age of printing and information-gathering works hand in hand to provide the American public essential access to government information,' said GPO public printer Bruce James. 'With nearly all of the records from the Senate and House compiled electronically, this allows for the constant and timely updating of some of our nation's most important information.'

The compendium will be available online at no charge; a print copy of the text costs $99.

The directory was first published in 1859, and only 16 volumes have been printed. The last edition came out in 1989.

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