71st United States Congress

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71st United States Congress
70th ← → 72nd
United States Capitol (1906)

Duration: March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1931

Senate President: Charles Curtis
Senate Pres. pro tem: George H. Moses
House Speaker: Nicholas Longworth
Members: 96 Senators
435 Representatives
5 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican
House Majority: Republican

Special: March 4, 1929 – March 5, 1929
1st: April 15, 1929 – November 22, 1929
2nd: December 2, 1929 – July 3, 1930
Special: July 7, 1930 – July 21, 1930
3rd: December 1, 1930 – March 3, 1931

The Seventy-first United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from March 4, 1929 to March 4, 1931, during the first two years of Herbert Hoover's presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Thirteenth Decennial Census of the United States in 1910. Both chambers had a Republican majority. This congress saw the most special elections of any congress with 27 in all.


Major events[edit]

Main articles: 1929 in the United States, 1930 and 1931
  • March 4, 1929: Herbert C. Hoover became President of the United States
  • October 24, 1929 – October 29, 1929: Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).
  • October 25, 1929: Former U.S. Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall is convicted of bribery for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal, becoming the first Presidential cabinet member to go to prison for actions in office.

Major legislation[edit]

Party summary[edit]

Map showing Senate party membership at the start of the 71st Congress.

The count below identifies party affiliations at the beginning of the first session of this Congress, and includes members from vacancies and newly admitted states, when they were first seated. Changes resulting from subsequent replacements are shown below in the "Changes in membership" section.


(Shading shows control)
Total Vacant
End of the previous congress 45 1 50 96 0
Begin 39 1 55 95 1
End 41 54 96 0
Final voting share 42.7% 1.0% 56.3%
Beginning of the next congress 59 1 36 96 0

House of Representatives[edit]

TOTAL members: 435



President of the Senate
Charles Curtis
President pro tempore of the Senate
George H. Moses

House of Representatives[edit]


This list is arranged by chamber, then by state. Senators are listed in order of seniority, and Representatives are listed by district.


Senators were elected every two years, with one-third beginning new six-year terms with each Congress. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election. In this Congress, Class 1 meant their term began in this Congress, requiring reelection in 1934; Class 2 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1930; and Class 3 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring reelection in 1932.

House of Representatives[edit]

The names of members of the House of Representatives are preceded by their districts.

Changes in membership[edit]

The count below reflects changes from the beginning of the first session of this Congress.


  • replacements: 9
  • deaths: 5
  • resignations: 3
  • interim appointments: 6
  • Total seats with changes: 9
State Senator Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
Vacant Sen. Charles Curtis (R) resigned at end of previous congress after being elected Vice President of the United States. Successor was appointed to serve until the next election. Henry J. Allen (R) April 1, 1929
Vacant Sen.-elect William S. Vare (R) was apparently elected but vote was never certified by the Governor due to election irregularities. The US Senate could not agree to have him seated. Joseph R. Grundy (R) December 11, 1929
Lawrence Tyson (D) Died August 24, 1929 William E. Brock (D) September 2, 1929
Theodore E. Burton (R) Died October 28, 1929. Roscoe C. McCulloch (R) November 5, 1929
New Jersey
Walter E. Edge (R) Resigned November 21, 1929 after being appointed Ambassador to France David Baird, Jr. (R) November 30, 1929
Francis E. Warren (R) Died November 24, 1929. Patrick J. Sullivan (R) December 5, 1929
Frederic M. Sackett (R) Resigned January 9, 1930 after being appointed Ambassador to Germany John M. Robsion (R) January 11, 1930
Patrick Joseph Sullivan (R) Resigned November 20, 1930. Successor was elected December 1, 1930. Robert D. Carey (R) December 1, 1930
Henry J. Allen (R) Unsuccessful candidate for full term. Successor was elected. George McGill (D) December 1, 1930
John M. Robsion (R) Unsuccessful candidate for full term. Successor was elected December 1, 1930. Ben M. Williamson (D) December 1, 1930
Roscoe C. McCulloch (R) Unsuccessful candidate for full term. Successor was elected December 1, 1930. Robert J. Bulkley (D) December 1, 1930
Joseph R. Grundy (R) Unsuccessful candidate for full term. Successor was elected December 1, 1930. James J. Davis (R) December 2, 1930
New Jersey
David Baird, Jr. (R) Successor was elected December 3, 1930. Dwight Morrow (R) December 3, 1930
North Carolina
Lee S. Overman (D) Died December 12, 1930 Cameron A. Morrison (D) December 13, 1930
Frank L. Greene (R) Died December 17, 1930. Frank C. Partridge (R) December 23, 1930

House of Representatives[edit]

  • replacements: 26
  • deaths: 25
  • resignations: 6
  • contested election: 1
  • Total seats with changes: 32
District Vacator Reason for Vacancy Successor
New York 21st Vacant Rep. Royal H. Weller died during previous congress Joseph A. Gavagan (D) November 21, 1929
Illinois 15th Vacant Rep. Edward J. King (R) died in previous congress Burnett M. Chiperfield (R) December 1, 1930
Kentucky 3rd Charles W. Roark (R) Died April 5, 1929 John W. Moore (D) June 19, 1929
Louisiana 3rd Whitmell P. Martin (D) Died April 6, 1929 Numa F. Montet (D) October 14, 1929
Pennsylvania 12th John J. Casey (D) Died May 5, 1929 Charles M. Turpin (R) June 11, 1929
Minnesota 5th Walter Newton (R) Resigned June 30, 1929 after being appointed secretary to President Herbert Hoover William I. Nolan (R) October 14, 1929
Georgia 5th Leslie J. Steele (D) Died July 24, 1929 Robert Ramspeck (D) November 11, 1930
Minnesota 7th Ole J. Kvale (FL) Died September 11, 1929 Paul J. Kvale (FL) November 11, 1929
New York 18th John F. Carew (D) Resigned October 28, 1929 after being appointed a justice to the New York Supreme Court Martin J. Kennedy (D) April 16, 1930
Illinois 24th Thomas S. Williams (R) Resigned November 11, 1929 after being appointed to the United States Court of Claims Claude V. Parsons (D) December 1, 1930
Pennsylvania 10th William W. Griest (R) Died December 5, 1929 J. Roland Kinzer (R) February 4, 1930
Massachusetts 2nd Will Kirk Kaynor (R) Died December 20, 1929 William J. Granfield (D) February 17, 1930
Utah 2nd Elmer O. Leatherwood (R) Died December 24, 1929 Frederick C. Loofbourow (R) December 1, 1930
Kentucky 11th John M. Robsion (R) Resigned January 10, 1930 after being appointed to the US Senate Charles Finley (R) March 1, 1930
Texas 14th Augustus McCloskey (D) Lost contested election February 10, 1930 Harry M. Wurzbach (R) February 10, 1930
West Virginia 4th James A. Hughes (R) Died March 2, 1930 Robert L. Hogg (R) December 1, 1930
Connecticut 5th James P. Glynn (R) Died March 6, 1930 Edward W. Goss (R) November 4, 1930
Texas 17th Robert Q. Lee (D) Died April 18, 1930 Thomas L. Blanton (D) June 2, 1930
Rhode Island 3rd Jeremiah E. O'Connell (D) Resigned May 9, 1930 after being appointed a justice to the Rhode Island Superior Court Francis Condon (D) December 1, 1930
Wisconsin 6th Florian Lampert (R) Died July 18, 1930 Michael Reilly (D) December 1, 1930
Pennsylvania 32nd Edgar R. Kiess (R) Died July 20, 1930 Robert F. Rich (R) December 1, 1930
Pennsylvania 16th Stephen G. Porter (R) Died June 27, 1930 Edmund F. Erk (R) December 1, 1930
North Carolina 5th Charles M. Stedman (D) Died September 23, 1930 Franklin W. Hancock, Jr. (D) December 1, 1930
North Carolina 7th William C. Hammer (D) Died September 26, 1930 Hinton James (D) December 1, 1930
Kentucky 2nd David H. Kincheloe (D) Resigned October 5, 1930 after being appointed to the United States Customs Court John L. Dorsey, Jr. (D) December 1, 1930
California 3rd Charles F. Curry (R) Died October 10, 1930 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Arkansas 4th Otis Wingo (D) Died October 21, 1930 Effiegene Locke Wingo (D) December 1, 1930
New York 7th John Quayle (D) Died November 27, 1930 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
New York 9th David J. O'Connell (D) Died December 29, 1930 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Wisconsin 1st Henry A. Cooper (R) Died March 1, 1931 Seat remained vacant until next Congress



House of Representatives[edit]


  1. ^ William S. Vare (R-PA) had been elected to the Senate for the term starting March 4, 1927, but the Senate had refused to qualify him due to charges of corruption and fraud concerning his election. The Senate finally unseated him on December 9, 1929. See http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=V000071
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 

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