Source: North Manchester Journal, September 23, 1909
May Get Another Congressman.
A rearrangement of the congressional districts in Indiana will follow the enumeration of the people of the state by the federal government next year. If the gain in population is as large as it is expected to be and congress does not increase the ratio of representation too much, an additional member of congress will be provided. The state has had thirteen congressional districts since 1870, when the ratio was one member for each 131,425. The censuses of 1880, 1890 and 1900 show marked increases in population, but following each census congress increased the ratio of representation just enough to hold the state's number of representatives at thirteen. In 1880 the ratio of representation was fixed at 151,911; in 1890, at 173,901, and in 1900, at 194,182. From 1850 to 1860 the state was allowed eleven representatives; in 1840 the basis of representation allowed ten; in 1830, seven; in 1820, three, and when the state was first organized, one.