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This page contains a list of the earliest serving United States Senators among those currently living (sitting or former) and a list of the individuals who, at the time of their deaths, had served at the earliest date in the United States Senate among those current or former senators then living. Of those living, the earliest-serving Senator is Robert Byrd.

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Earliest serving Senators (historic)

This is a list of the senators who were, while in office or after, the earliest-serving living before they died.

Begin Date End Date Senator State 1st Entered Senate
March 4, 1789 November 14, 1832 A tie between Paine Wingate, Charles Carroll and the other 21
original members of the 1st United States Senate when they were alive.
March 4, 1789
November 14, 1832 March 7, 1838 Paine Wingate New Hampshire March 4, 1789
March 7, 1838 February 23, 1840 John Rutherfurd New Jersey March 4, 1791
February 23, 1840 August 12, 1849 Albert Gallatin Pennsylvania December 2, 1793
August 12, 1849 December 22, 1850 William Plumer New Hampshire June 17, 1802
December 22, 1850 June 29, 1852 Henry Clay Kentucky November 19, 1806
June 29, 1852 October 14, 1853 Elisha Mathewson Rhode Island October 26, 1807
October 14, 1853 November 5, 1857 Alexander Campbell Ohio December 11, 1809
November 5, 1857 April 14, 1859 George M. Bibb Kentucky March 4, 1811
April 14, 1859 July 26, 1863 John J. Crittenden Kentucky March 4, 1817
July 26, 1863 September 4, 1864 Henry Johnson Louisiana January 12, 1818
September 4, 1864 December 14, 1868 Walter Lowrie Pennsylvania March 4, 1819
December 14, 1868 October 13, 1880 Peleg Sprague Massachusetts March 4, 1829
October 13, 1880 March 19, 1888 John P. King Georgia November 21, 1833
March 19, 1888 May 11, 1889 Henry A. Foster New York November 30, 1844
May 11, 1889 June 26, 1889 Simon Cameron Pennsylvania March 13, 1845
June 26, 1889 June 13, 1896 Alpheus Felch Michigan March 4, 1847
January 6, 1901 James Bradbury Maine
January 6, 1901 April 12, 1913 John B. Henderson Missouri January 17, 1862
April 12, 1913 September 11, 1915 William Sprague Rhode Island March 4, 1863
September 11, 1915 February 27, 1919 George F. Edmunds Vermont April 3, 1866
February 27, 1919 November 3, 1924 Cornelius Cole California March 4, 1867
November 3, 1924 April 12, 1933 Adelbert Ames Mississippi February 23, 1870
April 12, 1933 November 16, 1933 Henry C. Hansbrough North Dakota March 4, 1891
November 16, 1933 November 18, 1934 Lee Mantle Montana January 16, 1895
November 18, 1934 June 3, 1938 Marion Butler North Carolina March 4, 1895
June 3, 1938 October 21, 1938 Henry Heitfeld Idaho March 4, 1897
October 21, 1938 April 30, 1940 Furnifold Simmons North Carolina March 4, 1901
April 30, 1940 February 9, 1941 Reed Smoot Utah March 4, 1903
February 9, 1941 March 13, 1945 Charles W. F. Dick Ohio March 23, 1904
March 13, 1945 January 5, 1960 Norris Brown Nebraska March 4, 1907
January 5, 1960 May 31, 1962 Henry F. Ashurst Arizona March 27, 1912
January 5, 1960 December 28, 1972 John Heiskell Arkansas January 6, 1913
December 28, 1972 January 14, 1978 Clarence Dill Washington March 4, 1923
January 14, 1978 August 16, 1979 F. Ryan Duffy Wisconsin March 4, 1933
August 16, 1979 March 13, 1985 Elmer Austin Benson Minnesota December 27, 1935
March 13, 1985 May 30, 1989 Claude Pepper Florida November 4, 1936
May 30, 1989 September 22, 1990 John A. Danaher Connecticut January 3, 1939
September 22, 1990 June 15, 1991 Happy Chandler Kentucky October 10, 1939
June 15, 1991 December 18, 1993 Joseph H. Ball Minnesota October 14, 1940
December 18, 1993 January 21, 1999 Berkeley L. Bunker Nevada November 27, 1940
January 21, 1999 May 9, 2003 Russell B. Long Louisiana December 31, 1948
May 9, 2003 January 20, 2007 George Smathers Florida January 3, 1951
January 20, 2007 Present Robert Byrd[1] [2] West Virginia January 3, 1959

Earliest serving Senators currently living

This is a list of the 25 earliest-serving senators, current or former, currently living.

Rank Senator Date of birth Entered Senate Left Senate State served Party Time since entry
1 Robert Byrd[1] November 20, 1917 January 3, 1959 present West Virginia Democrat &0000000000000051.00000051 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
2 Birch Bayh January 22, 1928 January 3, 1963 January 3, 1981 Indiana Democrat &0000000000000047.00000047 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
Daniel Inouye[1] September 7, 1924 present Hawaii Democrat
George McGovern July 19, 1922 January 3, 1981 South Dakota Democrat
5 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 November 4, 1964 January 3, 1973 Oklahoma Democrat &0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000072.00000072 days
6 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 December 30, 1964 December 30, 1976 Minnesota Democrat &0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000016.00000016 days
7 Joseph Tydings May 4, 1928 January 3, 1965 January 3, 1971 Maryland Democrat &0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
8 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. December 20, 1914 November 12, 1965 January 3, 1983 Virginia Democrat &0000000000000044.00000044 years, &0000000000000064.00000064 days
9 Robert P. Griffin November 6, 1923 May 11, 1966 January 2, 1979 Michigan Republican &0000000000000043.00000043 years, &0000000000000249.000000249 days
10 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 November 9, 1966 January 3, 2005 South Carolina Democrat &0000000000000043.00000043 years, &0000000000000067.00000067 days
11 Howard Baker November 15, 1925 January 3, 1967 January 3, 1985 Tennessee Republican &0000000000000043.00000043 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
Edward Brooke October 26, 1919 January 3, 1979 Massachusetts Republican
Charles H. Percy September 27, 1919 January 3, 1985 Illinois Republican
14 Mark Hatfield July 12, 1922 January 10, 1967 January 3, 1997 Oregon Republican &0000000000000043.00000043 years, &0000000000000005.0000005 days
15 Marlow Cook July 27, 1926 December 17, 1968 December 27, 1974 Kentucky Republican &0000000000000041.00000041 years, &0000000000000029.00000029 days
16 Ted Stevens November 18, 1923 December 24, 1968 January 3, 2009 Alaska Republican &0000000000000041.00000041 years, &0000000000000022.00000022 days
17 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 January 3, 1969 June 1, 1996 Kansas Republican &0000000000000041.00000041 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 January 3, 1981 Alaska Democrat
Charles Mathias July 24, 1922 January 3, 1987 Maryland Republican
Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 October 1, 1995 Oregon Republican
William B. Saxbe June 24, 1916 January 3, 1974 Ohio Republican
22 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 November 17, 1970 January 3, 1981 Illinois Democrat &0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000059.00000059 days
23 John V. Tunney June 26, 1934 January 2, 1971 January 1, 1977 California Democrat &0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000013.00000013 days
24 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 January 3, 1971 January 3, 1977 Tennessee Republican &0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000012.00000012 days
James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 January 3, 1977 New York Conservative
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. May 16, 1931 January 3, 1989 Connecticut Republican

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Currently Serving
  2. ^ Attained most Senior Senator status while serving uninterrupted terms.
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