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"The Senate Through the Ages"
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Watercolor painting of one wing of the Capitol Building


"[The Senate] is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here - it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political phrensy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnesses on this floor."

-Vice President Aaron Burr, Farewell Speech, March 2, 1805.