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List of United States Senators in the 50th Congress by seniority

This is a classification of members of the United States Senate by seniority during the 50th United States Congress, from March 4, 1887 to March 4, 1889.

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 1888 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Name Seniority Date Other Factors
George F. Edmunds (R-VT) April 3, 1866
Justin Smith Morrill (R-VT) March 4, 1867
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)
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)
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)
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)
William P. Frye (R-ME) March 18, 1881
Nelson W. Aldrich (R-RI) October 5, 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)
Jonathan Chace (R-RI) January 20, 1885
Henry M. Teller (D-CO) March 4, 1885 Previously a Senator
Joseph C. S. Blackburn (D-KY) Former Rep.
James K. Jones (D-AR)
Leland Stanford (R-CA) Former Governor
William M. Evarts (R-NY)
Henry B. Payne (D-OH)
John Coit Spooner (R-WI)
Ephraim King Wilson II (D-MD)
Edward C. Walthall (D-MS) March 9, 1885
George Gray (D-DE) March 18, 1885
James H. Berry (D-AR) March 20, 1885
John H. Mitchell (D-OR) December 17, 1885 Previously a Senator
Person C. Cheney (R-NH) November 24, 1886
Charles B. Farwell (R-IL) January 19, 1887
William M. Stewart (R-NV) March 4, 1887 Previously a Senator (11 years)
David Turpie (D-IN) Previously a Senator (1 month)
John W. Daniel (D-VA) Former Rep.
Francis B. Stockbridge (R-MI)
William Morris Stewart (Sil.-NV)
William B. Bate (D-TN) Former Governor, Tennessee 12th Population (1880)
Cushman Davis (R-MN) Former Governor, Minnesota 26th Population (1880)
Matthew Quay (R-PA) Pennsylvania 2nd Population (1880)
Charles J. Faulkner (D-WV) West Virginia 29th Population (1880)
Algernon Paddock (R-NE)
Rufus Blodgett (D-NJ)
Frank Hiscock (R-NY)
John Henninger Reagan (R-TX)
George Hearst (D-CA)
Samuel Pasco (D-FL) May 19, 1887
William E. Chandler (R-NH) June 14, 1887


  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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