DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Office of the Clerk
Sent By: davita.jones@mail.house.gov
Date: 10/21/2013

IN REMEMBERANCE OF FORMER SPEAKER THOMAS S. FOLEY

October 21, 2013

Dear Colleague:

The House mourns the death of former Speaker Thomas S. Foley in the time-honored tradition of our institution. Since the 19thcentury, the portraits of Speakers have been draped in black and a fitting tribute made within the Chamber itself. On Friday, October 18, the Speaker’s chair was covered in black, the same mark of respect first made upon the death of Michael Kerr of Indiana, Speaker of the House in the 44thCongress. A gavel, the symbol and tool of the Speaker’s authority, rests on the rostrum. Just outside the Chamber where Speaker Foley served faithfully for 30 years, his portrait has likewise been draped in black. A book of condolence will be placed beneath the portrait, for the remembrances of his friends and colleagues.

Additional information regarding plans for a memorial service will be forthcoming.

Sincerely,

Karen L. Haas

Clerk of the House