Footnotes for the Sessions of the
27th Congress, 1841-1843

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
SpecialSENATE4 March 184115 March 1841King- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President Martin Van Buren via executive Proclamation issued on 6 January 1841.

1stExtra31 May 184113 September 1841Southard, Samuel L.
(Whig- New Jersey)
White, John
(Whig- Kentucky)

This "extra" Session of the 27th Congress was called by President William Henry Harrison via executive Proclamation issued on 17 March 1841; by the time this session had convened, President Harrison had died in office and Vice President John Tyler had succeeded to the Presidency.

Senate President pro Tempore Samuel L. Southard served as acting President of the Senate throughout this "extra"session of the 27th Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States (Vice President John Tyler having succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on 4 April 1841, before the convening of this session).

2ndlong6 December 184131 August 1842Southard;
Mangum, Willie P.
(Whig- North Carolina)
White

Senate President pro Tempore Samuel L. Southard resigned that office on 31 May 1842; Senator Mangum was elected President pro Tempore by the Senate that same day.

Senate Presidents pro Tempore Southard and Mangum each served as acting President of the Senate due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States throughout this "long" session of the 27th Congress (Vice President John Tyler having succeeded to the Presidency earlier in this Congress).

3rdshort5 December 18423 March 1843MangumWhite

Senate President pro Tempore Willie P. Mangum served as acting President of the Senate throughout this "short" session of the 27th Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States (Vice President John Tyler having succeeded to the Presidency earlier in this Congress).

 

   

"Regular" Sessions of Congress
"Regular" Sessions prior to the adoption of the 20th Amendment (1933)
"Regular" Sessions after the adoption of the 20th Amendment (1933)
"Extra" Sessions
"Special SENATE" Sessions

Related information:
Political Party Floor Leaders in the Congress of the United States
A Brief History of Congressional Leadership