Footnotes for the Sessions of the
81st Congress, 1949-1951

session type convened adjourned President pro Tempore
of the Senate
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
1stodd3 January 194919 October 1949McKellar
(returning)
Rayburn
(returning)

Senate President pro Tempore Kenneth McKellar served as acting President of the Senate during this "odd" session of the 81st Congress due to a vacancy in the Vice Presidency of the United States until Noon on 20 January 1949 (when Vice President Alben W. Barkley was sworn in for a full four-year term in that office); during this same period, House Speaker Sam Rayburn was next in line to the Presidency under the 1947 Presidential Succession Act.

2ndeven(ld)3 January 19502 January 1951McKellarRayburn
 

   

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