Footnotes for the Sessions of the
33rd Congress, 1853-1855

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
SpecialSENATE4 March 185311 April 1853Atchison- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President Millard Fillmore via executive Proclamation issued on 25 February 1853.

1stlong5 December 18537 August 1854AtchisonBoyd

Senate President pro Tempore David Rice Atchison served as acting President of the Senate throughout this "long" session of the 33rd Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States (Vice President William R. King having died in office on 18 April 1853, before the convening of this session).

2ndshort4 December 18543 March 1855Cass, Lewis
(Dem.- Michigan);
Bright, Jesse
(Dem.- Indiana)
Boyd

Senator Bright was elected President pro Tempore by the Senate in place of Senator Cass on 5 December 1854.

Senate President pro Tempores Cass and Bright each served as acting President of the Senate due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States throughout this "short" session of the 33rd Congress (Vice President William R. King having died in office 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