70th to 79th Congresses (1927–1947)

December 5, 1927 to August 2, 1946

Congress and
Year
SessionBeginning
Date
Adjournment
Date1
Calendar
Days2
Legislative
Days
House Recesses
70th
(1927–1929)
1Dec. 5, 1927 May 29, 1928 135134Dec. 22, 1927–Jan. 3, 1928
 2 Dec. 3, 1928 Mar. 4, 1929 6765Dec. 23, 1928–Jan. 2, 1929
71st*
(1929–1931)
1 Apr. 15, 1929 Nov. 22, 1929 6767Jun. 20–Sep. 22, 1929 
 2 Dec. 2, 1929 Jul. 3, 1930 156156Dec. 22, 1929–Jan. 5, 1930 
 3 Dec. 1, 1930 Mar. 4, 1931 6766Dec. 21, 1930–Jan. 4, 1931 
72nd
(1931–1933)
1Dec. 7, 1931Jul. 16, 1932 167167 Dec. 23, 1931–Jan. 3, 1932
 2 Dec. 5, 1932 Mar. 4, 1933 7373 
73rd*
(1933–1935)
1 Mar. 9, 1933 June 16, 1933 7169 
 2 Jan. 3, 1934 June 18, 1934 125119 
74th
(1935–1937)
1Jan. 3, 1935 Aug. 26, 1935 168167 
 2 Jan. 3, 1936 June 20, 1936 115114Jun. 9–14, 1936 
75th*
(1937–1939)
1 Jan. 5, 1937 Aug. 21, 1937153152 
 2 Nov. 15, 1937 Dec. 21, 1937 2626 
 3 Jan. 3, 1938 June 16, 1938117115 
76th*
(1939–1941)
1 Jan. 3, 1939 Aug. 5, 1939 148147 
 2 Sep. 21, 1939 Nov. 3, 1939 2525 
 3 Jan. 3, 1940 Jan. 2, 1941 199199Jun. 23–30, 1940;
Jul. 12-21, 1940 
77th
(1941–1943) 
1 Jan. 3, 1941 Jan. 2, 1942 204204Apr. 4–13, 1941
 2 Jan. 5, 1942 Dec. 16, 1942194194 
78th
(1943–1945)
1 Jan. 6, 1943 Dec. 21, 1943 187187Apr. 23–May 2, 1943;
Jul. 8–Sep. 13, 1943
 2 Jan. 10, 1944 Dec. 19, 1944 164164Apr. 2–11, 1944;
Jun. 24–31, 1944;
Sep. 22–Nov. 13, 1944
79th
(1945–1947)
1 Jan. 3, 1945 Dec. 21, 1945 201201Jul. 22–Sep. 4, 1945 
 2 Jan. 14, 1946 Aug. 2, 1946 141141Apr. 19–29, 1946

* Indicates that a special session of the Senate was convened during a Congress. Article II, Section 3 of the constitution provides that the President "may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them." This procedure occurs only if the Congress is convened by presidential proclamation. Extraordinary sessions have been called by the Chief Executive to urge the Congress to focus on important national issues. These are separate sessions of Congress, unless otherwise noted. Source: Congressional Directory; House Journal.

Footnotes

1The adjournment date is consistently referred to as the last calendar date of the session, regardless of the legislative day.

2"Calendar days" is defined as the total number of calendar days from the convening date to adjournment date that Congress met during that session. “Legislative days” indicates the total days Congress recorded as a working parliamentary day.