Don Young Received Rare Honor Of Lying In State In The U.S. Capitol March 29th

Young Follows Only 18 Other U.S. House Members To Lie In State  Don Young, the fiery, long-lived sole U.S. Congressman to the State of Alask...

Young Follows Only 18 Other U.S. House Members To Lie In State 


Don Young, the fiery, long-lived sole U.S. Congressman to the State of Alaska, was honored in a ceremony Tuesday in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

It's an unusual honor. 
His passing drew hundreds of  congressmen and senators from both parties who came to pay their respects. The Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader both spoke as did Alaskan Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. President Biden came later, placed his hands on the coffin and saluted. Only 18 other House members have lain in state.

The tradition began in 1852. Since then, 38 total people have been honored with lying in state. 

Young, a former Fort Yukon schoolteacher, was first elected Congressman in 1973, after Congressman Nick Begich died in a plane crash. He served 25 terms, the longest number of any member of Congress. As the ceremony Tuesday showed, he was known for not only his gruff demeanor, his devotion to Alaska but also for working across the aisle to get things accomplished.




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