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List of United States Senators in the 32nd Congress by seniority


List of United States Senators in the 32nd Congress by seniority

This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority during the 32nd Congress, from March 4, 1851 to March 3, 1853. Order of service is based on the commencement of the senator's first term. Behind this is former service as a senator (only giving the senator seniority within his or her new incoming class), service as Vice President, a House member, a Cabinet secretary, or a governor of a state. The final factor is the population of the senator's state.[1][2]

Senators who were sworn in in the middle of the two-year congressional term (up until the last senator who was not sworn in early after winning the November 1852 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.
Rank Name (Party-State) Seniority date Other factors
Willie Person Mangum (W-NC) November 25, 1840
John Macpherson Berrien (W-GA) March 4, 1841 Former Senator
Jacob Welsh Miller (W-NJ)
James Alfred Pearce (W-MD) March 4, 1843 Former Representative (6 years); Maryland 15th in Population (1840)
William Upham (W-VT)
David Rice Atchison (D-MO) October 14, 1843
Jesse David Bright (D-IN) March 4, 1845 Indiana 10th in Population (1840)
Reverdy Johnson (W-MD) Maryland 15th in Population (1840)
John Davis (W-MA) March 24, 1845
Thomas Jefferson Rusk (D-TX) February 21, 1846
Samuel Houston (D-TX) February 26, 1846
George Edmund Badger (W-NC) November 25, 1846
Andrew Pickens Butler (D-SC) December 4, 1846
James Murray Mason (D-VA) January 21, 1847
Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (D-VA) March 4, 1847 Former Representative (8 years); Virginia 4th in Population (1840)
Joseph Rogers Underwood (W-KY) Former Representative (8 years); Kentucky 6th in Population (1840)
Stephen Arnold Douglas (D-IL) Former Representative (4 years)
John Parker Hale (ID-NH) Former Representative (2 years)
Alpheus Felch (D-MI) Former Governor
James Ware Bradbury (D-ME) Maine 13th in Population (1840)
Henry Stuart Foote (D-MS) Mississippi 17th in Population (1840)
Solomon Weathersbee Downs (D-LA) Louisiana 19th in Population (1840)
John Hopkins Clarke (W-RI) Rhode Island 24th in Population (1840)
Presley Spruance (W-DE) Delaware 26th in Population (1840)
John P. Hale (D-NH)
Jefferson Davis (D-MS) August 10, 1847
John Bell (W-TN) November 22, 1847
Herschel Vespasian Johnson (D-ME) February 4, 1848
Solon Borland (D-AR) March 30, 1848
William King Sebastian (D-AR) May 12, 1848
Hannibal Hamlin (D-ME) June 8, 1848 Former Representative (4 years); Maine 13th in Population (1840)
Henry Dodge (D-WI) Former Delegate (4 years); Wisconsin 28th in Population (1840)
Isaac Pigeon Walker (D-WI) Wisconsin 28th in Population (1840)
Thomas Metcalfe (W-KY) June 23, 1848
William Rufus de Vane King (D-AL) July 1, 1848
Benjamin Fitzpatrick (D-AL) November 25, 1848
Augustus Caesar Dodge (D-IA) December 7, 1848 Former Delegate (6 years)
George Wallace Jones (D-IA) Former Delegate (3 years)
Lewis Cass (D-MI) March 4, 1849 Former Senator
Salmon P. Chase (D-OH)
William Dawson (W-GA)
Jackson Morton (W-FL)
Moses Norris, Jr. (D-NH)
William H. Seward (W-NY)
Truman Smith (W-CO)
Pierre Soule (D-LA)
James Whitcomb (D-IN)
James Cooper (W-PA)
Henry Clay (W-KY) March 5, 1849
James Shields (D-IL) October 27, 1849
Jeremiah Clemens (D-AL) November 30, 1849
David Stewart (W-MA) December 6, 1849
Thomas Pratt (D-MD) January 12, 1850
Franklin Elmore (D-SC) April 11, 1850
Robert Barnwell (D-SC) June 4, 1850
Thomas Ewing (W-OH) July 20, 1850
Robert Winthrop (W-MA) July 22, 1850
John C. Fremont (R-CA) September 9, 1850
William M. Gwin (D-CA)
Robert Rhett (D-SC) December 18, 1850
Robert Rantoul, Jr. (D-MA) February 1, 1851
Solomon Foot (R-VT) March 4, 1851
James A. Bayard, Jr. (D-DE)
Stephen Mallory (D-FL)
Henry S. Geyer (W-MO)
Richard Brodhead (D-PA)
Charles T. James (D-RI)
James C. Jones (D-TN)
Benjamin Wade (W-OH) March 15, 1851
Isaac Toucey (D-CT) May 12, 1851
Hamilton Fish (W-NY) December 1, 1851
John J. McRae (D-MS) January 30, 1852
Walker Brooke (W-MS) February 18, 1852
Stephen Adams (W-MS) March 17, 1852
William F. De Saussure (W-MS) May 10, 1852
Robert M. Charlton (D-GA) May 31, 1852
David Meriwether (D-KY) July 6, 1852
Archibald Dixon (W-KY) September 1, 1852
Charles W. Cathcart (D-IN) December 6, 1852
Benjamin Fitzpatrick (D-AL) January 14, 1853
Samuel S. Phelps (W-VT) January 17, 1853
John Pettit (D-IN) January 18, 1853


  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via
  2. ^ 1820 Census Results

External links

  • Senate Seniority List
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