Youngest person elected to Congress

Q. Who was the youngest person ever to be elected to the United States Congress?

A. Unless some new developments from the recent election come to light, the youngest person ever elected to the House of Representatives was a very young man named William Charles Cole Claiborne. In 1797, at the ripe old age of 22, Claiborne became the second individual to represent the new state of Tennessee (Andrew Jackson was the first). Claiborne was re-elected two years later at the age of 24 — despite the fact that the Constitution requires members of Congress to have reached the age of 25. He finally met the age requirement in 1801, but by then he had decided not to run for re-election.  

(www.history.house.gov, the website of the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives)

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