Footnotes for the Sessions of the
31st Congress, 1849-1851

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
SpecialSENATE5 March 184923 March 1849Atchison- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President James Knox Polk via executive Proclamation issued on 2 January 1849.

1stlong3 December 184930 September 1850King, W.R.
(returning)
Cobb, Howell
(Dem.- Georgia)

Senate President pro Tempore William R. King became acting President of the Senate during the "long" session of the 31st Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States from 9 July 1850 (Vice President Millard Fillmore having succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor).

2ndshort2 December 18503 March 1851KingCobb

Senate President pro Tempore William R. King served as acting President of the Senate throughout this "short" session of the 31st Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States (Vice President Millard Fillmore 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