59th United States Congress

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59th United States Congress
58th ← → 60th
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United States Capitol (1906)

Duration: March 4, 1905 – March 4, 1907

Senate President: Charles W. Fairbanks (R)
Senate Pres. pro tem: William P. Frye (R)
House Speaker: Joseph G. Cannon (R)
Members: 90 Senators
386 Representatives
6 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican
House Majority: Republican

Sessions
Special: March 4, 1905 – March 18, 1905
1st: December 4, 1905 – June 30, 1906
2nd: December 3, 1906 – March 3, 1907

The Fifty-ninth 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, D.C. from March 4, 1905 to March 4, 1907, during the fifth and sixth years of Theodore Roosevelt'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]

Major legislation[edit]

Senate composition by party at the start of the 59th Congress

Party summary[edit]

Senate[edit]

TOTAL: 90

House of Representatives[edit]

TOTAL: 386

President of the Senate
Charles W. Fairbanks

Leaders[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Majority (Republican) leadership[edit]

Minority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Members[edit]

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

Senate[edit]

At this time, Senators were elected by the state legislatures 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.

House of Representatives[edit]

Changes in membership[edit]

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

Senate[edit]

  • replacements: 8
  • deaths: 5
  • resignations: 1
  • vacancy: 2
  • Total seats with changes: 9
State
(class)
Vacator Reason for vacancy Subsequent Date of successor's installation
Missouri
1)
Vacant Elected to fill vacancy in term. William Warner (R) March 18, 1905
Wisconsin
1)
Vacant Finished term as Governor of Wisconsin Robert M. La Follette Sr. (R) January 2, 1906
Delaware
1)
Vacant Elected to fill vacancy in term. Henry A. du Pont (R) June 13, 1906
Tennessee
(1)
William B. Bate (D) Died March 9, 1905. Successor was elected. James B. Frazier (D) March 21, 1905
Connecticut
(3)
Orville H. Platt (R) Died April 21, 1905. Successor was appointed and subsequently elected. Frank B. Brandegee (R) May 10, 1905
Oregon
2)
John H. Mitchell (R) Died December 8, 1905. Successor was appointed. John M. Gearin (D) December 13, 1905
Kansas
(2)
Joseph R. Burton (R) Resigned June 4, 1906 due to a conviction of corruption charges. Successor was appointed. Alfred W. Benson (R) June 11, 1906
Maryland
(2)
Arthur P. Gorman (D) Died June 4, 1906. Successor was appointed. William P. Whyte (D) June 8, 1906
Oregon
2)
John M. Gearin (D) Successor was elected. Frederick W. Mulkey (R) January 23, 1907
Michigan
(2)
Russell A. Alger (R) Died January 24, 1907. Successor was elected. William A. Smith (R) February 6, 1907
Kansas
(2)
Alfred W. Benson (R) Successor was elected. Charles Curtis (R) January 29, 1907

House of Representatives[edit]

  • replacements: 17
  • deaths: 12
  • resignations: 11
  • contested elections: 1
  • new seats: 1
  • Total seats with changes: 26
District Previous Reason for change Subsequent Date of successor's installation
Indiana 1st Vacant Rep. James A. Hemenway resigned during previous congress John H. Foster (R) May 16, 1905
Nebraska 1st Elmer Burkett (R) Resigned March 4, 1905 after being elected to the U.S. Senate Ernest M. Pollard (R) July 18, 1905
West Virginia 2nd Alston G. Dayton (R) Resigned March 16, 1905 after being appointed judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia Thomas B. Davis (D) June 6, 1905
Texas 8th John M. Pinckney (D) Died April 24, 1905 John M. Moore (D) June 6, 1905
Connecticut 3rd Frank B. Brandegee (R) Resigned May 10, 1905 after being elected to the U.S. Senate Edwin W. Higgins (R) October 2, 1905
Illinois 14th Benjamin F. Marsh (R) Died June 2, 1905 James McKinney (R) November 7, 1905
California 1st James Gillett (R) Resigned January 4, 1906 after being elected Governor of California William F. Englebright (R) November 6, 1906
Virginia 5th Claude A. Swanson (D) Resigned January 30, 1906 after being elected Governor of Virginia Edward W. Saunders (D) November 6, 1906
Pennsylvania 3rd George A. Castor (R) Died February 19, 1906 J. Hampton Moore (R) November 6, 1906
Pennsylvania 12th George R. Patterson (R) Died March 21, 1906 Charles N. Brumm (R) November 6, 1906
Pennsylvania 2nd Robert Adams Jr. (R) Died June 1, 1906 John E. Reyburn (R) November 6, 1906
Georgia 1st Rufus E. Lester (D) Died June 16, 1906 James W. Overstreet (D) October 3, 1906
Missouri 12th Ernest E. Wood (D) Lost contested election June 23, 1906 [[]Harry M. Coudrey] (R) June 23, 1906
Wisconsin 2nd Henry C. Adams (R) Died July 9, 1906 John M. Nelson (R) September 4, 1906
New York 8th Timothy Sullivan (D) Resigned July 27, 1906 Daniel J. Riordan (D) November 6, 1906
Illinois 13th Robert R. Hitt (R) Died September 20, 1906 Frank O. Lowden (R) November 6, 1906
Massachusetts 3rd Rockwood Hoar (R) Died November 1, 1906 Charles G. Washburn (R) December 18, 1906
New York 21st John H. Ketcham (R) Died November 4, 1906 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Tennessee 10th Malcolm R. Patterson (D) Resigned November 5, 1906 after being elected Governor of Tennessee Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Indiana 12th Newton W. Gilbert (R) Resigned November 6, 1906 after being appointed judge of the court of first instance at Manila, Philippines Clarence C. Gilhams (R) November 6, 1906
District of Alaska New seat New delegate seat December 3, 1906 Frank H. Waskey (D) December 3, 1906
Arkansas 4th John S. Little (D) Resigned January 14, 1907 after being elected Governor of Arkansas Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Kansas 1st Charles Curtis (R) Resigned January 28, 1907 after being elected to the U.S. Senate Seat remained vacant until next Congress
New York 26th William H. Flack (R) Died February 2, 1907 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Virginia 8th John F. Rixey (D) Died February 8, 1907 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Michigan 5th William Alden Smith (R) Resigned February 9, 1907 after being elected to the U.S. Senate Seat remained vacant until next Congress

Employees[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carnegie Foundation". Carnegie Foundation. November 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ Robert M. La Follette was elected to the 59th Congress for the term starting March 4, 1905, but he did not assume the seat until January 2, 1906, preferring to finish his term as Governor of Wisconsin.