40th to 59th Congresses

(March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1907)

DateTypeOccasion, topic, or locationName and position of dignitary
(Where Applicable)
40th Congress (1867–1869)  
Feb. 10, 1869 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
41st Congress (1869–1871)  
Mar. 4, 1869 Inauguration East Portico President Ulysses S. Grant.
42nd Congress (1871–1873)  
Feb. 12, 1873 Joint Session Counting electoral votes11 N.A.
43rd Congress (1873–1875)  
Mar. 4, 1873 Inauguration East Portico President Ulysses S. Grant.
Dec. 18, 1874 Joint Meeting Reception of King Kalakaua of Hawaii Speaker James G. Blaine; David Kalakaua, King of the Hawaiian Islands.12
44th Congress (1875–1877)  
Feb. 1, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes13 N.A.
Feb. 10, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 12, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 19, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 20, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 21, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 24, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 26, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 28, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Mar. 1, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Mar. 2, 1877 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
45th Congress (1877–1879)  
Mar. 5, 1877 Inauguration East Portico President Rutherford B. Hayes.
46th Congress (1879–1881)  
Feb. 9, 1881 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
47th Congress (1881–1883)  
Mar. 4, 1881 Inauguration East Portico President James A. Garfield.
Feb. 27, 1882 Joint Session Memorial to James A. Garfield James G. Blaine, former Speaker, Senator, and Secretary of State; ceremony attended by President Chester A. Arthur.
48th Congress (1883–1885)  
Feb. 11, 1885 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
Feb. 21, 1885 Joint Session Completion of Washington Monument Representative John D. Long; Representative-elect John W. Daniel14; ceremony attended by President Chester A. Arthur.
49th Congress (1885–1887)  
Mar. 4, 1885 Inauguration East Portico President Grover Cleveland.
50th Congress (1887–1889)  
Feb. 13, 1889 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
51st Congress (1889–1891)  
Mar. 4, 1889 Inauguration East Portico President Benjamin Harrison.
Dec. 11, 1889 Joint Session Centennial of George Washington's first inauguration Melville W. Fuller, Chief Justice of the United States; ceremony attended by President Benjamin Harrison.
52nd Congress (1891–1893)  
Feb. 8, 1893 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A
53rd Congress (1893–1895)  
Mar. 4, 1893 Inauguration East Portico President Grover Cleveland.
54th Congress (1895–1897)  
Feb. 10, 1897 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
55th Congress (1897–1899)  
Mar. 4, 1897 Inauguration In front of original Senate Wing of Capitol President William McKinley.
56th Congress (1899–1901)  
Dec. 12, 1900 Joint Meeting Centennial of the Capital City Representatives James D. Richardson and Sereno E. Payne, and Senator George F.Hoar; ceremony attended by President William McKinley.
Feb. 13, 1901 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
57th Congress (1901–1903)  
Mar. 4, 1901 Inauguration East Portico President William McKinley.
Feb. 27, 1902 Joint Session Memorial to William McKinley John Hay, Secretary of State; ceremony attended by President Theodore Roosevelt and Prince Henry of Prussia.
58th Congress (1903–1905)  
Feb. 8, 1905 Joint Session Counting electoral votes N.A.
59th Congress (1905–1907)  
Mar. 4, 1905 Inauguration East Portico President Theodore Roosevelt.

Footnotes

11The Joint Session to count electoral votes was dissolved three times so that the House and Senate could resolve several electoral disputes.

12Because of a severe cold and hoarseness, the King could not deliver his speech, which was read by former Representative Elisha Hunt Allen, then serving as Chancellor and Chief Justice of the Hawaiian Islands.

13The contested election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden created a constitutional crisis. Tilden won the popular vote by a close margin, but disputes concerning the electoral vote returns from four states deadlocked the proceedings of the Joint Session. Anticipating this development, the Congress had created a special commission of five Senators, five Representatives, and five Supreme Court Justices to resolve such disputes. The Commission met in the Supreme Court Chamber (the present Old Senate Chamber) as each problem arose. In each case, the Commission accepted the Hayes' electors, securing his election by one electoral vote. The Joint Session was convened on 15 occasions, with the last on March 2, just three days before the inauguration. The legislative day of February 1, 1877 lasted until formal adjournment at 4:12 AM on March 2, 1877.

14The speech was written by former Speaker and Senator Robert C. Winthrop, who could not attend the ceremony because of ill health.