Fifteenth Congress

An Outraged America

In March 1816, Congress passed a Compensation Act, “which raised the pay of congressmen from six dollars per diem to a salary of fifteen hundred dollars a year.” Gordon Wood,¬†Empire of Liberty, 718-19. This was the first raise in the pay for congressmen since 1789.¬†Id. at 719. Robert Wright, a Congressman in 1816, and previously […]