Footnotes for the Sessions of the
5th Congress, 1797-1799

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
SpecialSENATE4 March 1797same daynone- - - -

This Special Session of the SENATE was called by outgoing President George Washington via executive Proclamation issued on 1 March 1797; no President pro Tempore was elected by the Senate, as Vice President Thomas Jefferson presided over the one-day session.

1stExtra15 May 179710 July 1797Bradford, William
(Fed.- Rhode Island)
Dayton

This "extra" Session of the 5th Congress was called by President John Adams via executive Proclamation issued on 25 March 1797.

2ndlong13 November 179716 July 1798Read, Jacob
(Fed.- South Carolina)
Dayton
SpecialSENATE17 July 179819 July 1798Sedgwick, Theodore
(Fed.- Massachusetts)
- - - -

This Special Session of the Senate was called by President John Adams via executive Proclamation issued on 13 July 1798.

3rdshort3 December 17983 March 1799Laurence, John
(Fed.- New York)
Ross, James
(Fed.- Pennsylvania)
Dayton

Senator Ross was elected President pro Tempore by the Senate in place of Senator Laurence on 1 March 1799.

 

   

"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