Annals of Fleeing State Legislatures, Autodefenestration Edition

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Apparently, one very famous Republican made a name for himself by taking flight to deny his opponents a quorum:

That’s when Lincoln determined to keep the legislature in session in order to buy precious time for the bank to find a way to survive, and  that’s how he jumped into the national limelight on December 5, 1840. On that date, the Democrats proposed an early adjournment, knowing this would bring a speedy end to the State Bank. The Whigs tried to counter by leaving the capitol building before the vote, but the doors were locked. That’s when Lincoln made his move. He headed for the second story, opened a window and jumped to the ground!

For a while Lincoln’s escape denied the House its quorum, but it didn’t last long. He was returned to the chambers and the House voted to adjourn.