61st United States Congress

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61st United States Congress
60th ← → 62nd
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United States Capitol (1906)

Duration: March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1911

Senate President: James S. Sherman
Senate Pres. pro tem: William P. Frye
House Speaker: Joseph G. Cannon
Members: 92 Senators
391 Representatives
7 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican
House Majority: Republican

Sessions
Special: March 4, 1909 – March 6, 1909
1st: March 15, 1909 – August 5, 1909
2nd: December 6, 1909 – June 25, 1910
3rd: December 5, 1910 – March 3, 1911

The Sixty-first United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, DC from March 4, 1909 to March 4, 1911, during the first two years of William H. Taft's Presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Twelfth Census of the United States in 1900. Both chambers had a Republican majority.

Contents

Major events[edit]

Main articles: 1909, 1910 and 1911

Major legislation[edit]

Constitutional amendments[edit]

Party summary[edit]

Senate[edit]

TOTAL members: 92

House of Representatives[edit]

TOTAL members: 391

Leadership[edit]

Senate President James S. Sherman
Senate President James S. Sherman
Senate President pro tempore William P. Frye
Senate President pro tempore William P. Frye
Speaker of the House Joseph Gurney Cannon
Speaker of the House Joseph Gurney Cannon
Leaders of the 61st United States Congress

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Majority (Republican) leadership[edit]

Minority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

At this time, most Senators were elected by the state legislatures every two years, with one-third beginning new six-year terms with each Congress. A few senators were elected directly by the residents of the state. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election.

House of Representatives[edit]

Officers[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

References[edit]