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The following list of sessions of Congress, convened at times other than the date fixed by the Constitution, together with a list of the “ extra sessions” of Congress, and of special sessions of the Senate, is given as a matter of convenience for reference, as well as general interest:

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March 4, 1789

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First.... *1788, Sept. 13 First Monday in January, 1790. First

Second.. 1789, Sept. 29 Fourth Monday in October, 1791 Second. First.... 1791, Mar. 2 First Monday in November, 1792. Second

Second... 1792, May 5 First Monday in November. 1791..... Third

Second.. 1794, May 30 First Monday in November, 1797..... Fifth

First.... 1797, Mar. 3 Changed to Second Monday in No. Fifth

Second + 1797, July 1 vember, 1797. Third Monday in November, 1800 Sixth

Secund.. 1800, May 13 First Monday in November, 1803 .... Eighth

First 1803, Mar. 3 First Monday in November, 1804. Eigbth.. Second.. 1804, Jar. 26 First Monday in November, 1808. Tenth

Second.. 1808, Apr. 22 Fourth Monday in May, 1809

Eleventh First 1809, Jan. 30 Fourth Monday in November, 1809 .. Eleventh Second..) 1809, Sune 24 First Monday in November, 1812.... Twelfth Second.. 1812, July 6 Fourth Monday in May, 1813

Thirteenth First ... 1813, Feb. 27 First Monday in December, 1813. Thirteenth Second.. 1813, July 27 Last Monday in October, 1814

Thirteenth Third... 1814, Apr. 18 Third Monday in November, 1818 Fifteenth Second 1818, Apr. 18 Second Monday in November, 1820... Sixteenth Second. 1820, May 13 March 4, 1867

Fortieth First....1867, Jan. 22 March 4, 1869

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*1867, Jan. 22 March 4, 1871

Forty-second.. First.... 11867, Jan. 22

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* The first session of the First Congress was convened in accorda nce with the following resolution of the Continental Congress, adopted September 13th, 1788, viz:

Resolved, etc., That the first Wednesday in January next be the day for appointing electors in the several States which before the said day shall have ratified the sid Constitu. tion; that the first Wednesday in February next be the day for the electors to assemble in their several States anıl vote for a President; and that the first Wednesday in March next be the time and the present seat of Congress the place for commencing proceeding, under the said Constitution.

| Repealed the act of March 3rd, 1797.

* The act of January 22, 1867, provided that in addition to the regular times of meeting of Congres, there should be a meeting of the Fortieth i'ongress of the United States, and of each succeeding Congress thereafter, at 12 o'clock meridian, on the fourth day of March, the day on which the term begins for which the Congress is elected. That act was repealed by the act of April 20, 1871. (17 Statutes, 12.)

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The President may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them.-Const. 2, 3, 17.

List of extra sessions of Congress convened by the President.

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First ... May 15, 1797 Mar. 25, 1797 Suspension of diplomatic rela.

tions with France. Eighth... First ... Oct. 17, 1803 July 16, 1803 Cession of Louisiana by Spain

to France, Tenth

First ... Oct. 26, 1807 July 30, 1807 Relations with Great Britain. Twelth

Nov. 4, 1811 July 24, 1811 Relations with Great Britain. Thirteenth Third... Sept. 19, 1814 Aug. 8, 1814 War with Great Britain. Twenty-fifth First Sept. 4, 1837 May 15, 1837 Suspension of specie payments. Twenty-seventh May 31, 1841 Mar. 17, 1811 Condition of finances and reve.

nne. Thirty-fourth... Second.. Aug. 21, 1856 Aug. 18, 1856 Failure of previous session to

make appropriations for

Army. Thirty-seventh .. First ... July 4,1861 Apr. 17, 1861 Insurrection in certain Southern

Siates. Forty-fifth....... First ... Oct. 15, 1877 May 5, 1877 Failure of previous session to

make appropriations for

Army. Forty-sixth First Mar. 18, 1879 Mar. 4, 1879 Failure of previous session to

make appropriation for legis. lative, executive, and judicial and Army expenses.

List of special sessions of the U. 8. Senate from 1789 to 1889,

called by the President.

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List of special sessions of the U. S. Senate, etc.—Continued.

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14 March E, 1819...
15 March 4, 1851
16 Mrch 4, 1853.
17 March 4, 1857.
18 June 13, 1838
19 March 4, 1859.
20 June 26, 1860
21 March 4, 1861.
22 March 4, 1863.
23 March 4, 1865.
24 April 1, 1867.
25 April 12, 1809
26 May 10, 1871.
27 March 4, 1873.
28 March 5, 1875.

March 5, 1877.
30 March 4, 1881.
31 October 10, 1881
32 March 4, 1885
33 March & 1889

March 23, 1849.
March 13, 1831.
April 11, 1853
March 14, 1857.
June 16, 1858
March 10, 1839
June 28, 1860
March 28, 1861.
March 14, 1863
March 11, 1865
April 20, 1867.
April 22, 1869.
May 27, 1871.
March 26, 1873.
March 24, 1875.
March 17, 1877.
May 20, 1881.
October 29, 1881
April 2, 1885..
April 2, 1889

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

Three of the Regents of said Institution shall be members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker. The members of the House so appointed shall serve for the term of two years; and on every alternate fourth Wednesday of December a like number shall be appointed in the same manner to serre until the fourth Wednesday in December in the seeond year succeeding their appointment. Vacancies occa. sioned by death, resignation, or otherwise shall be filled as vacancies in committees are filled.—R. S., secs. 5580 and 5581.

The Board of Regents shall submit to Congress, at each ses. sion thereof, a report of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Institution.-R. S., sec. 5593.

The privilege of using and drawing books in the Congressional Library is extended to the Smithsonian Institution through its Secretary (R. S., sec. 94), and to the Regents of the same resi. dent in Washington.- Laws, 2, 43, p. 512.

SMOKING.

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Smoking is prohibited upon the floor of the House.-RULE XIV, clause 7.

And the Sergeant-at-Arins and Doorkeeper are charged with the strict enforcement of this clause.--Ibid.

SPEAKER.

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers.- Const., 1, 2, 6.

Upon the ascertainment of the fact that a quorum of members-elect is present, and its announcement by the Clerk of the last House, it is usual for the House, on motion of some member, immediately to “proceed, viva voce, to the election of a Speaker for the — Congress.”Journal, 1, 35, p. 8.

(See MEETING OF CONGRESS.)

It has been uniformly held since the act of March 8, 1863 (R. S., sec. 31), that the election of a Speaker presented a question of higher privilege than the right of a member to his seat. (See proceedings ist sessions 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42d, and 43d Congresses, in Congressional Globe and Record, of first day's sessions respectively.)

At the commencement of the second session Forty-fourth Con. .gress the Clerk decided that a resolution to proceed to an election of Speaker presented a question of privilege, and that pending the decision of such a question another question of privilege could not be submitted. An appeal taken from this decision was laid on the table-yeas 165, nays 84.—Journal, 2, 44, p. 8.

At the first session of Congress after every general election of Representatives, the oath of office shall be administered by any member of the House of Representatives to the Speaker; and by the Speaker to all the Members and Delegates present, and to the Clerk, previous to entering on any other business; and to the Members and Delegates who afterwards appear, previous to their taking their seats.—R. S., sec, 30.

According to the usage, the member selected to administer the oath to the Speaker is that one who has been longest a member of the House.-Journal, 1, 26, p. 79.

List of special sessions of the U. S. Senate, etc.—Continued.

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Commencement.

Termination.

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14 March 5, 1819.
15 March 4, 1851
16 Mrch 4, 1853
17 March 4, 1857
18 June 13, 1838
19 March 4, 1859.
20 June 26, 1860
21 March 4, 1861
22 March 4, 1863
23 Mareh 4, 1865.
24 April 1, 1867.
25 April 12, 1869
26 May 10, 1871.
27 March 4, 1873.
28 March 5, 1875.
29 March 5, 1877.
30 March 4, 1881.
31 October 10, 1881
32 March 4, 1885
33 March 4. 1889

March 23, 1849.
March 13, 1831.
April 11, 1853
March 14, 1857.
June 16, 1858
March 10, 1859.
June 28, 1860
March 28, 1861.
March 14, 1863
March 11, 1865
April 20, 1867.
April 22, 1869.
May 27, 1871.
March 26, 1873.
March 24, 1875..
March 17, 1877.
May 20, 1881.
October 29, 1881
April 2, 1885.
April 2, 1889

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION.

Three of the Regents of said Institution shall be members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker. The members of the House so appointed shall serve for the term of two years; and on every alternate fourth Wednesday of December a like number shall be appointed in the same manner to serve until the fourth Wednesday in December in the seeond year succeeding their appointment. Vacancies occa. sioned by death, resignation, or otherwise shall be filled as vacancies in committees are filled.-R. S., secs. 5580 and 5581.

The Board of Regents shall submit to Congress, at each session thereof, a report of the operations, expenditures, and condition of the Institution.—R. S., sec. 5593.

The privilege of using and drawing books in the Congressional Library is extended to the Smithsonian Institution through its Secretary (R. S., sec. 94), and to the Regents of the same resi. dent in Washington.- Lars, 2, 43, p. 512.

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