Footnotes for the Sessions of the
36th Congress, 1859-1861

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
SpecialSENATE4 March 185910 March 1859Fitzpatrick- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President James Buchanan via executive Proclamation issued on 26 February 1859.

1stlong5 December 185925 June 1860Fitzpatrick;
Bright, J.D.
(returning)
Pennington, William
(Rep.- New Jersey)

Senator Bright was elected President pro Tempore by the Senate in place of Senator Fitzpatrick on 12 June 1860.

William Pennington was not elected Speaker by the House until 1 February 1860, upon the 44th viva voce vote.

SpecialSENATE26 June 186028 June 1860Fitzpatrick
(returning)
- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President James Buchanan via executive Proclamation issued on 25 June 1860.

2ndshort3 December 18603 March 1861Fitzpatrick;
Foot, Solomon
(Rep.- Vermont)
Pennington

Senator Foot was elected President pro Tempore by the Senate in place of Senator Fitzpatrick- who had withdrawn from the Senate- on 16 February 1861.

 

   

"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