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Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Senate

Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia, Chairman
Bob Dole, Kansas, Vice Chairman
George Mitchell, Maine
Strom Thurmond, South Carolina
Wendell H. Ford, Kentucky
Mark O. Hatfield, Oregon
Nancy Landon Kassebaum, Kansas
Paul Simon, Illinois
Terry Sanford, North Carolina

Walter J. Stewart, Executive Secretary


The Senate's First Century

Published on the occasion
of an exhibition sponsored by the
Commission on the Bicentennial
of the United States Senate

June 7 to November 5, 1989

with a foreword by Robert C. Byrd, Chairman


United States Senate exhibition staff

James R. Ketchum, Curator
Diane K. Skvarla, Associate Curator
Donald A. Ritchie, Associate Historian
Mary F. Phelan, Registrar
John B. Odell, Registrarial Assistant
Scott M. Strong, Museum Specialist
Erik B. Fatemi, Curatorial Assistant
Richard L. Doerner, Curatorial Assistant

Cover illustration: The United States Senate, A.D. 1850,
Robert Whitechurch (1819–1880), after oil by Peter
Frederick Rothermel, after daguerreotypes, engraving,
1855. United States Senate Collection

Photographic Credits: Architect of the Capitol: 16, 17, 31; William
L. Clements Library: 38; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.: 28; The
Historical Society of Pennsylvania: 22, 43; Library of Congress:
cover, 14, 26, 27, 37, 40, 48, 51; Massachusetts Historical Society:
20; National Archives: 12, 23, 29, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 42, 45, 51,
56, 57, 59, 61; National Gallery of Art: 18; National Portrait
Gallery: 15, 35, 58; New Hampshire Historical Society: 54; Robert
L. Staples: 17; and The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur
Museum: 25. Others by United States Senate Curator's Office.

Designed by Staples & Charles Ltd
Washington, D.C.

LCCN 89-60073
U.S. Government Printing Office 1989

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