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List of United States Senators in the 48th Congress by seniority


List of United States Senators in the 48th Congress by seniority

This is a classification of members of the United States Senate by seniority during the 48th United States Congress, from March 4, 1883 to March 4, 1885.

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][3][4]

Senators who were sworn in in the middle of the Congress (up until the last senator who was not sworn in early after winning the November 1884 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Name Seniority Date Other Factors
Henry B. Anthony (R-RI) March 4, 1859 Former Governor
George F. Edmunds (R-VT) April 3, 1866
Justin Smith Morrill (R-VT) March 4, 1867
Thomas F. Bayard (D-DE) March 4, 1869
Eli M. Saulsbury (D-DE) March 4, 1871
Matt W. Ransom (D-NC) January 30, 1872
William B. Allison (R-IA) March 4, 1873 Former Rep.
John P. Jones (R-NV)
Francis Cockrell (D-MO) March 4, 1875
Henry L. Dawes (R-MA)
Charles W. Jones (D-FL)
Samuel J. R. McMillan (R-MN)
Samuel B. Maxey (D-TX)
George F. Hoar (R-MA) March 4, 1877 Former Rep.
Isham G. Harris (D-TN) Former Governor
John Tyler Morgan (D-AL)
John R. McPherson (D-NJ)
Matthew Butler (D-SC)
Richard Coke (D-TX)
Preston B. Plumb (R-KS)
James B. Beck (D-KY)
Lucius Q. C. Lamar (D-MS)
Augustus H. Garland (D-AR)
J. Donald Cameron (R-PA) March 20, 1877
Daniel W. Voorhees (D-IN) November 6, 1877
George G. Vest (D-MO) March 4, 1879 Missouri 5th Population (1870)
Orville H. Platt (R-CT) Connecticut 25th Population (1870)
Wilkinson Call (D-FL) Florida 33rd Population (1870)
Zebulon Baird Vance (D-NC)
Wade Hampton III (R-SC)
John A. Logan (R-IL)
James D. Walker (D-AR)
James T. Farley (D-CA)
Nathaniel P. Hill (R-CO)
John S. Williams (D-KY)
Benjamin F. Jonas (D-LA)
George H. Pendleton (D-OH) Former Rep.
James H. Slater (D-OR) Former Rep.
James B. Groome (D-MD) Former Governor
Henry W. Blair (R-NH) June 18, 1879 Former Rep.
Joseph E. Brown (D-GA) May 26, 1880
James L. Pugh (D-AL) November 24, 1880
John Sherman (R-OH) March 4, 1881 Previously a Senator
Eugene Hale (R-ME) Former Rep. (10 years)
Joseph Hawley (R-CT) Former Rep. (5 years)
James Z. George (D-MS) Mississippi 18th Population (1870)
Arthur P. Gorman (D-MD) Maryland 20th Population (1870)
Philetus Sawyer (R-WI)
Benjamin Harrison (R-IN)
Omar D. Conger (R-MI)
John F. Miller (R-CA)
Charles Van Wyck (R-NE)
James G. Fair (D-NV)
William J. Sewell (R-NJ)
John I. Mitchell (R-PA)
William Mahone (Re-ad.-VA)
Howell E. Jackson (R-TN)
Angus Cameron (R-WI) March 14, 1881
William P. Frye (R-ME) March 18, 1881
Warner Miller (R-NY) July 27, 1881
Nelson W. Aldrich (R-RI) October 5, 1881
Elbridge G. Lapham (R-NY) October 11, 1881
Alfred H. Colquitt (D-GA) March 4, 1883
Shelby M. Cullom (R-IL) Former Governor
James F. Wilson (R-IA)
Charles F. Manderson (R-NE)
Joseph N. Dolph (R-OR)
Randall L. Gibson (D-LA)
John E. Kenna (D-WV)
Thomas M. Bowen (R-CO)
Thomas W. Palmer (R-MI)
Dwight M. Sabin (R-MN)
Harrison H. Riddleberger (Re-Ad.-VA)
Austin F. Pike (R-NH) August 2, 1883
William P. Sheffield, Jr. (R-RI) November 19, 1884
Jonathan Chace (R-RI) January 20, 1885


  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via
  2. ^ 1871 U.S Census Report Contains 1870 Census results
  3. ^ 1881 U.S Census Report Contains 1880 Census results
  4. ^ 1891 U.S Census Report Contains 1890 Census results

External links

  • Senate Seniority List
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