Stories about Senate History
The United States Senate has inspired thousands of colorful stories. Since the first discussions at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 the World's Greatest Deliberative Body has actively engaged storytellers.
For more than 30 years, the Senate's historian has prepared historical narratives to inform senators, staff, constituents, and others who are curious about the traditions, personalities, and legislative landmarks of the Senate. These stories reflect all areas of Senate activity. From the well-known and notorious, to the unusual and even whimsical, they are presented to enlighten, inspire, amuse, and inform. Read collectively, they provide clear impressions about the forces, events, and personalities that have shaped the Senate of the 21st century.
The Historical Minute Essays are divided into seven eras:
- Formative Years of the Senate (1787-1800)
- The Golden Era of the Senate (1801-1850)
- War and Reconstruction (1851-1877)
- Origins of the Modern Senate (1878-1920)
- Era of Investigations (1921-1940)
- War and Reorganization (1941-1963)
- The Modern Senate (1964 to present)
Other online features provided by the historical office are constitutional origins and institutional developments of the Senate, highlights from the Senates photographic collection, and the Senates Oral History Project.