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Senate Sessions While Presidents Lay in State




John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Sunday, Nov 24, 1963- Monday Nov 25, 1963

The Senate met informally on Monday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m., and passed a resolution expressing sorrow and condolences, and appointing the membership of the Senate to attend the funeral. They then adjourned until noon. At noon, they reconvened and passed a unanimous consent agreement that the earlier informal session be deemed a duly authorized session. Several committees met that day.

Herbert C. Hoover

Friday, Oct. 23, 1964 - Sunday, Oct. 25, 1964

Congress was not in session when President Hoover lay in state in the Capitol rotunda.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday Mar 30, 1969 - Monday Mar 31, 1969

The Senate met and passed two resolutions--one authorizing purchase of a floral wreath to be placed by the president as he lay in state, and one expressing sorrow and condolences. Senators then eulogized the president, and they adjourned at 2:00 p.m. Several committees met that day.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1973 - Thursday, Jan 25, 1973

The Senate met at noon and passed a resolution providing for arrangement and payment of members expenses for attending President Johnson's funeral. Senators then eulogized the president until 2:31 p.m. No committee meetings were held on January 24. The Senate did not meet on Thursday, January 26.

Senate Historical Office

June 2004