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29th United States Congress
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United States Capitol (1846)

Duration: March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847

President of the Senate: George M. Dallas
President pro tempore: Willie P. Mangum
Ambrose H. Sevier
David R. Atchison
Speaker of the House: John W. Davis
Members: 58 Senators
228 Representatives
2 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Democratic
House Majority: Democratic

Sessions
1st: December 1, 1845 – August 10, 1846
2nd: December 7, 1846 – March 3, 1847
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The Twenty-ninth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from March 4, 1845 to March 3, 1847, during the first two years of the administration of James Polk's presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Sixth Census of the United States in 1840. Both chambers had a Democratic majority.

Major events

Major legislation

States admitted

  • December 29, 1845 – Texas was admitted as a state
  • December 28, 1846 – Iowa was admitted as a state

Party summary

The count below identifies party affiliations at the beginning of the first session of this Congress, and includes members from vacancies and newly admitted states, when they were first seated. Changes resulting from subsequent replacements are shown below in the "Changes in membership" section.

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Senate

TOTAL members: 58

House of Representatives

TOTAL members: 228

Leadership

President of the Senate
Vice President
George M. Dallas

Senate

House of Representatives

President pro tempore
Ambrose H. Sevier
President pro tempore
David R. Atchison

Members

This list is arranged by chamber, then by state. Senators are listed in order of seniority, and Representatives are listed by district.

Senate

Senators were elected by the state legislatures every two years, with one-third beginning new six year terms with each Congress. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election. In this Congress, Class 1 meant their term began with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1850; Class 2 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1846; and Class 3 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring reelection in 1848.

Alabama

Arkansas

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

  • 2. Vacant
  • 3. Vacant

Kentucky

Louisiana

Pierre Soulé (D)

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

John Davis (W)

Michigan

Mississippi

Joseph W. Chalmers (D)

Missouri

New Hampshire

Benning W. Jenness (D)
Joseph Cilley (Liberty)

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

George E. Badger (W)

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Simon Cameron (D)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Andrew P. Butler (D)

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

James M. Mason (D)

House of Representatives

The names of members of the House of Representatives elected statewide on the general ticket or otherwise at-large, are preceded by an "A/L," and the names of those elected from districts, whether plural or single member, are preceded by their district numbers.

Alabama

James L. Cottrell (D)
Franklin W. Bowdon (D)

Arkansas

Thomas W. Newton (W)

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

William H. Brockenbrough (D)

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Emile La Sére (D)

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Henry T. Ellett (D)

Missouri

William McDaniel (D)

New Hampshire

New Jersey

George Sykes (D)

New York

Thomas C. Ripley (W)

North Carolina

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

Edwin H. Ewing (W)

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

James McDowell (D)

Non-voting members

Speaker of the House
John W: Davis

Changes in membership

The count below reflects changes from the beginning of the first session of this Congress.

Senate

  • replacements: 8
  • deaths: 3
  • resignations: 6
  • interim appointments: 1
  • seats of newly admitted states: 4
  • Total seats with changes: 14

House of Representatives

  • replacements: 12
  • deaths: 5
  • resignations: 6
  • contested election: 1
  • seats of newly admitted states: 4
  • Total seats with changes: 17

Employees

Senate

House of Representatives

References

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.  
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.  

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