Definition of HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

arations as to his
religious belief. He must be free from undue bias or dependence, by not
holding any office under the United States. Art. 1, s. 6, 2.


5. By the constitutions of the several states, the most numerous branch
of the legislature generally bears the name of the house of
representatives. Vide Story on Constitution of the United States, chap. 9 1
Kents Com. 228.


6. By the Act of June 22, 1842, c. 47, it is provided,
1. That from and after the third day of March, one thousand eight
hundred and forty-three, the house of representatives shall be composed of
members elected agreeably to a ratio of one representative for every
seventy thousand six hundred and eighty persons in each state, and ofone
additional representative for each state having a fraction greater than one
moiety of the said ratio, computed according to the rule prescribed by the
constitution of the United States; that is to say: within the state of
Maine, seven; within the state of New Hampshire, four; within the state of
Massachusetts, ten; within the state of Rhode Island, two within the state
of Connecticut, four; within the state of Vermont, four; within the state
of New York, thirty-four; within the state of New Jersey, five; within the
state of Pennsylvania, twenty-four; within the state of Delaware, one;
within the state of Maryland, six; within the state of Virginia, fifteen;
within the state of North Carolina, nine; within the state of South
Carolina, seven; within the state of Georgia, eight; within the state of
Alabama, seven; within state of Louisiana, four; within the state of
Mississippi, four; within the state of Tennessee, eleven; within the state
of Kentucky, ten; within the state of Ohio, twenty-one; within the state of
Indiana, ten; within the state of Illinois, seven; within the state of
Missouri, five; within the state of Arkansas, one; within the State of
Michigan, three.


7.- 2. That in every case where a state is entitled to more than one
representative, the number to which each state shall be entitled under this
apportionment shall be elected by districts. composed of contiguous
territory, equal in number to the number of representatives to which said
state may be entitled, no one district electing more than one
representative.


8. For the constitutions of the houses of representatives in the several
states, the reader is referred to the names of the states in this work.
Vide Congress.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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