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Introduction to the Historical Minutes

The United States Senate has inspired thousands of colorful stories.  From the first discussions at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 down to our own times, the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” has actively engaged storytellers.  Over the past 30 years, drawing from these and other sources, Senate Historian Richard A. Baker has prepared historical narratives to inform senators, staff, constituents, and others who are curious about the traditions, personalities, and legislative landmarks of the Senate.  These stories reflect all areas of Senate activity.  From the well-known and notorious, to the unusual and even whimsical, they are presented to enlighten, inspire, amuse, and inform.  Read collectively, they provide clear impressions about the forces, events, and personalities that have shaped the Senate of the 21st century.


Historical Minutes

The United States Senate in Session.

Formative Years of the Senate

The Golden Era of the Senate

War and Reconstruction

Origins of the Modern Senate

Era of Investigations

War and Reorganization

The Modern Senate
(1964 to the Present)


Historical information provided by the Senate Historical Office.

Information about any senator, representative, vice president, or member of the Continental Congress.  

Oral history Interviews with senators, officers, staff, and others provide insight into the history and evolution of the Senate.  

Explore Senate history through historical tables and statistics.