Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society

Charlottesville, VA – Central VA Region

Congressional Desk and Chair

Media Contact: Steven Meeks, President  


This Congressional Desk and Chair set was owned by Col. R.T.W. Duke, a prominent Charlottesville citizen who served in the 41st and 42nd Congress from 1870-1873. The artifact carries not only local significance but national significance as well. It is one of just 262 desks and chair sets designed by famed Capitol architect Thomas U. Walter for use in the House of Representatives from 1857 to 1873.