List of United States Senators in the 6th Congress by seniority

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This is a complete list of members of the United States Senate during the 6th United States Congress listed by seniority, from March 4, 1799 to March 3, 1801.

Seniority rules[edit]

A Chronological List of United States Senators includes the following explanation of how it assigns seniority.

From 1789 to 1958, senators whose terms began on the same day are listed alphabetically. Beginning in 1959, senators are listed according to commencement of first Senate term by order of service, determined by former service in order as senator, vice president, House member, cabinet secretary, governor, and then by state population. This latter system for calculating order of service has been used by the modern Senate for many years for the purposes of office assignment. It is unclear just when the Senate first began applying such criteria.

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Rank column: This consecutively numbers Senators, serving in the relevant Congress, according to seniority in that Congress. Seniority is based upon the method used by the chronological list. If the senator is not the first person to hold the seat, no number is included in the list.

A senator with broken service is placed before other senators starting service on the same day, but after senators with unbroken service starting before that date.

Senate No. column: The chronological guide gives an official number to each senator. This is the number set out in this column. That number is retained even if the senator has broken service.

As an historical article, the states and party affiliations listed reflect those during the Congress. Seats and party affiliations on similar lists for other Congresses will be different for certain members. During this Congress, there were two parties represented. Senators are classified as Democratic-Republican (DR) or Federalist (F).

Seniority list[edit]

Rank Historial rank Senator (Party-State) Seniority date
1 9 James Gunn (F-GA) March 4, 1789
2 13 John Langdon (DR-NH)
3 26 Theodore Foster (F-RI) June 7, 1790
4 36 John Brown (DR-KY) June 18, 1792
5 43 Samuel Livermore (F-NH) March 4, 1793
6 47 James Ross (F-PA) April 24, 1794
7 48 Stevens Thomson Mason (DR-VA) November 18, 1794
8 50 Henry Latimer (F-DE)[2] February 7, 1795
9 51 William Bingham (F-PA) March 4, 1795
10 52 Timothy Bloodworth (DR-NC)
11 53 Humphrey Marshall (F-KY)
12 54 Elijah Paine (F-VT)
13 55 Jacob Read (F-SC)
14 60 Benjamin Goodhue (F-MA)[3] June 11, 1796
15 64 Uriah Tracy (F-CT) October 13, 1796
16 66 John Laurance (F-NY)[4] November 9, 1796
17 68 John Eager Howard (F-MD) November 30, 1796
18 59 James Hillhouse (F-CT) December 6, 1796
19 70 Joseph Anderson (DR-TN)[5] September 26, 1797
20 72 Nathaniel Chipman (F-VT) October 17, 1797
21 73 Ray Greene (F-RI) November 13, 1797
22 74 James Lloyd (F-MD)[6] December 11, 1797
23 78 James Watson (F-NY)[7] August 17, 1798
24 81 Charles Pinckney (DR-SC) December 6, 1798
25 82 William H. Wells (F-DE) January 17, 1799
26 63 William Cocke (DR-TN)[8] March 4, 1799
27 83 Abraham Baldwin (DR-GA)
28 84 Jonathan Dayton (F-NJ)
30 85 Samuel Dexter[9] (F-MA)
29 86 Jesse Franklin (DR-NC)
31 87 James Schureman[10] (F-NJ)
32 88 Wilson Cary Nicholas (DR-VA) December 5, 1799
33 89 Gouverneur Morris (F-NY) April 3, 1800
34 90 Dwight Foster (F-MA) June 6, 1800
35 91 John Armstrong, Jr. (DR-NY) November 6, 1800
36 92 Jonathan Mason (F-MA) November 14, 1800
37 93 William Hindman (F-MD) December 12, 1800
38 94 Aaron Ogden (F-NJ) February 28, 1801
39 95 Samuel White (F-DE)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ Henry Latimer resigned on February 28, 1801
  3. ^ Benjamin Goodhue resigned on November 8, 1800
  4. ^ John Laurance resigned on August 31, 1800
  5. ^ Joseph Anderson served the remainder of the term expiring March 3, 1799. On December 12, 1798 he was elected to the state's other Senate seat for the remainder of the term expiring on March 3, 1803. Anderson took up his new seat from March 4, 1799, so his service was continuous.
  6. ^ James Lloyd resigned on December 1, 1800
  7. ^ James Watson resigned on March 19, 1800
  8. ^ William Cocke previously served from August 2, 1796 until September 26, 1797. There was a technical vacancy, due to the failure of the legislature to elect, from March 4, 1797 until April 22, 1797. The Governor then appointed Cocke to fill the vacancy. The source relied upon, for the current article, does not treat vacancies in such circumstances as interrupting seniority.
  9. ^ Samuel Dexter resigned on May 30, 1800
  10. ^ James Schureman resigned on February 16, 1801

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