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First Forty-three Sessions of Congress
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1st, 1789-917th, 1801-0313th, 1813-1519th, 1825-2725th, 1837-3931st, 1849-5137th, 1861-6343rd, 1873-75
2nd, 1791-938th, 1803-0514th, 1815-1720th, 1827-2926th, 1839-4132nd, 1851-5338th, 1863-65 
3rd, 1793-959th, 1805-0715th, 1817-1921st, 1829-3127th, 1841-4333rd, 1853-5539th, 1865-67 
4th, 1795-9710th, 1807-0916th, 1819-2122nd, 1831-3328th, 1843-4534th, 1855-5740th, 1867-69 
5th, 1797-9911th, 1809-1117th, 1821-2323rd, 1833-3529th, 1845-4735th, 1857-5941st, 1869-71 
6th, 1799-180112th, 1811-1318th, 1823-2524th, 1835-3730th, 1847-4936th, 1859-6142nd, 1871-73 

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1st Congress--March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1791
First Session: March 4, 1789 to September 29, 1789 (210 days, held in New York)
Second Session: January 4, 1790 to August 12, 1790 (221 days, held in New York)
Third Session: December 6, 1790 to March 3, 1791 (88 days, held in Philadelphia)
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2nd Congress--October 24, 1791 to March 2, 1793
First Session: October 24, 1791 to May 8, 1792 (197 days, held in Philadelphia)
Second Session: November 5, 1792 to March 2, 1793 (119 days, held in Philadelphia)
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3rd Congress--December 2, 1793 to March 3, 1795
First Session: December 2, 1793 to June 9, 1794 (190 days, held in Philadelphia)
Second Session: November 3, 1794 to March 3, 1795 (121 days, held in Philadelphia)
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4th Congress--December 7, 1795 to March 3, 1797
First Session: December 7, 1795 to June 1, 1796 (177 days, held in Philadelphia)
Second Session: December 5, 1796 to March 3, 1797 (89 days, held in Philadelphia)
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5th Congress--May 15, 1797 to March 3, 1799
First Special Session: March 4, 1797
First Session: May 15, 1797 to July 10, 1797 (57 days, held in Philadelphia)
Second Session: November 13, 1797 to July 16, 1798 (246 days, held in Philadelphia)
Third Session: December 3, 1798 to March 3, 1799 (91 days, held in Philadelphia)
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6th Congress--December 2, 1799 to March 3, 1801
First Session: December 2, 1799 to May 14, 1800 (164 days, held in Philadelphia)
Second Session: November 17, 1800 to March 3, 1801 (107 days, held in Washington)
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7th Congress--December 7, 1801 to March 3, 1803
Special Session: March 4, 1801 to March 5, 1801
First Session: December 7, 1801 to May 3, 1802 (148 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1802 to March 3, 1803 (88 days, held in Washington)
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8th Congress--October 17, 1803 to March 3, 1805
First Session: October 17, 1803 to March 27, 1804 (163 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 5, 1804 to March 3, 1805 (119 days, held in Washington)
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9th Congress--December 2, 1805 to March 3, 1807
First Session: December 2, 1805 to April 21, 1806 (141 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 1, 1806 to March 3, 1807 (93 days, held in Washington)
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10th Congress--October 26, 1807 to March 3, 1809
First Session: October 26, 1807 to April 25, 1808 (182 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 7, 1808 to March 3, 1809 (117 days, held in Washington)
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11th Congress--May 22, 1809 to March 3, 1811
Special Session: March 4, 1809 to March 7, 1809
First Session: May 22, 1809 to June 28, 1809 (38 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 27, 1809 to May 1, 1810 (156 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 3, 1810 to March 3, 1811 (91 days, held in Washington)
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12th Congress--November 4, 1811 to March 3, 1813
First Session: November 4, 1811 to July 6, 1812 (245 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 2, 1812 to March 3, 1813 (122 days, held in Washington)
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13th Congress--May 24, 1813 to March 3, 1815
First Session: May 24, 1813 to August 2, 1813 (71 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1813 to April 18, 1814 (134 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: September 19, 1814 to March 3, 1815 (166 days, held in Washington)
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14th Congress--December 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817
First Session: December 4, 1815 to April 30, 1816 (148 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 2, 1816 to March 3, 1817 (92 days, held in Washington)
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15th Congress--December 1, 1817 to March 3, 1819
First Session: December 1, 1817 to April 20, 1818 (141 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 16, 1818 to March 3, 1819 (108 days, held in Washington)
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16th Congress--December 6, 1819 to March 3, 1821
First Session: December 6, 1819 to May 15, 1820 (162 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: November 13, 1820 to March 3, 1821 (111 days, held in Washington)
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17th Congress--December 3, 1821 to March 3, 1823
First Session: December 3, 1821 to May 8, 1822 (157 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 2, 1822 to March 3, 1823 (92 days, held in Washington)
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18th Congress--December 1, 1823 to March 3, 1825
First Session: December 1, 1823 to May 27, 1824 (178 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1824 to March 3, 1825 (88 days, held in Washington)
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19th Congress--December 5, 1825 to March 3, 1827
First Session: December 5, 1825 to May 22, 1826 (169 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 4, 1826 to March 3, 1827 (90 days, held in Washington)
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20th Congress--December 3, 1827 to March 3, 1829
First Session: December 3, 1827 to May 26, 1828 (175 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 1, 1828 to March 3, 1829 (93 days, held in Washington)
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21st Congress--December 7, 1829 to March 3, 1831
First Session: December 7, 1829 to May 31, 1830 (176 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1830 to March 3, 1831 (88 days, held in Washington)
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22nd Congress--December 5, 1831 to March 2, 1833
First Session: December 5, 1831 to July 16, 1832 (225 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 3, 1832 to March 2, 1833 (91 days, held in Washington)
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23rd Congress--December 2, 1833 to March 3, 1835
First Session: December 2, 1833 to June 30, 1834 (211 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 1, 1834 to March 3, 1835 (93 days, held in Washington)
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24th Congress--December 7, 1835 to March 3, 1837
First Session: December 7, 1835 to July 4, 1836 (211 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 5, 1836 to March 3, 1837 (89 days, held in Washington)
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25th Congress--September 4, 1837 to March 3, 1839
Special Session: March 4, 1837 to March 10, 1837
First Session: September 4, 1837 to October 16, 1837 (43 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 4, 1837 to July 9, 1838 (218 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 3, 1838 to March 3, 1839 (91 days, held in Washington)
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26th Congress--December 2, 1839 to March 3, 1841
First Session: December 2, 1839 to July 21, 1840 (233 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 7, 1840 to March 3, 1841 (87 days, held in Washington)
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27th Congress--May 31, 1841 to March 3, 1843
Special Session: March 4, 1841 to March 15, 1841
First Session: May 31, 1841 to September 13, 1841 (106 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1841 to August 31, 1842 (269 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 5, 1842 to March 3, 1843 (89 days, held in Washington)
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28th Congress--December 4, 1843 to March 3, 1845
First Session: December 4, 1843 to June 17, 1844 (196 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 2, 1844 to March 3, 1845 (92 days, held in Washington)
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29th Congress--December 1, 1845 to March 3, 1847
Special Session: March 4, 1845 to March 20, 1845
First Session: December 1, 1845 to August 10, 1846 (253 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 7, 1846 to March 3, 1847 (87 days, held in Washington)
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30th Congress--December 6, 1847 to March 3, 1849
First Session: December 6, 1847 to August 14, 1848 (254 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 4, 1848 to March 3, 1849 (90 days, held in Washington)
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31st Congress--December 3, 1849 to March 3, 1851
Special Session: March 5, 1849 to March 23, 1849
First Session: December 3, 1849 to September 30, 1850 (302 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 2, 1850 to March 3, 1851 (92 days, held in Washington)
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32nd Congress--December 1, 1851 to March 3, 1853
Special Session: March 4, 1851 to March 13, 1851
First Session: December 1, 1851 to August 31, 1852 (275 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 6, 1852 to March 3, 1853 (88 days, held in Washington)
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33rd Congress--December 5, 1853 to March 3, 1855
Special Session: March 4, 1853 to April 11, 1853
First Session: December 5, 1853 to August 7, 1854 (246 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 4, 1854 to March 3, 1855 (90 days, held in Washington)
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34th Congress--December 3, 1855 to March 3, 1857
First Session: December 3, 1855 to August 18, 1856 (260 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: August 21, 1856 to August 30, 1856 (10 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 1, 1856 to March 3, 1857 (93 days, held in Washington)
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35th Congress--December 7, 1857 to March 3, 1859
First Special Session: March 4, 1857 to March 14, 1857
First Session: December 7, 1857 to June 14, 1858 (189 days, held in Washington)
Second Special Session: June 15, 1858 to June 16, 1858
Second Session: December 6, 1858 to March 3, 1859 (88 days, held in Washington)
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36th Congress--December 5, 1859 to March 3, 1861
First Special Session: March 4, 1859 to March 10, 1859
First Session: December 5, 1859 to June 25, 1860 (202 days, held in Washington)
Second Special Session: June 26, 1860 to June 28, 1860
Second Session: December 3, 1860 to March 3, 1861 (93 days, held in Washington)
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37th Congress--July 4, 1861 to March 3, 1863
Special Session: March 4, 1861 to March 28, 1861
First Session: July 4, 1861 to August 6, 1861 (34 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 2, 1861 to July 17, 1862 (228 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 1, 1862 to March 3, 1863 (93 days, held in Washington)
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38th Congress--December 7, 1863 to March 3, 1865
Special Session: March 4, 1863 to March 14, 1863
First Session: December 7, 1863 to July 4, 1864 (209 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 5, 1864 to March 3, 1865 (89 days, held in Washington)
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39th Congress--December 4, 1865 to March 3, 1867
Special Session: March 4, 1865 to March 11, 1865
First Session: December 4, 1865 to July 28, 1866 (237 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 3, 1866 to March 3, 1867 (91 days, held in Washington)
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40th Congress--March 4, 1867 to March 3, 1869
First Session: March 4, 1867 to December 1, 1867 (273 days, held in Washington)
Special Session: April 1, 1867 to April 20, 1867
Second Session: December 2, 1867 to November 10, 1868 (345 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 7, 1868 to March 3, 1869 (87 days, held in Washington)
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41st Congress--March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1871
First Session: March 4, 1869 to April 10, 1869 (38 days, held in Washington)
Special Session: April 12, 1869 to April 22, 1869
Second Session: December 6, 1869 to July 15, 1870 (222 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 5, 1870 to March 3, 1871 (89 days, held in Washington)
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42nd Congress--March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1873
First Session: March 4, 1871 to April 20, 1871 (48 days, held in Washington)
Special Session: May 10, 1871 to May 27, 1871
Second Session: December 4, 1871 to June 10, 1872 (190 days, held in Washington)
Third Session: December 2, 1872 to March 3, 1873 (92 days, held in Washington)
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43rd Congress--December 1, 1873 to March 3, 1875
First Session: December 1, 1873 to June 23, 1874 (253 days, held in Washington)
Second Session: December 7, 1874 to March 3, 1875 (87 days, held in Washington)
Source: Congressional Directory​, 1995-96
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