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Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Great Uprising of the North--An Anniversary Picture--April 12, 1862.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a continuing series of online features explores the Senate's wartime experience.
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Senate Subway Car, 1909
February 26, 1906

Congress authorized construction of a subway from the Capitol to the Senate's first permanent office building. The subway was not a railroad, but rather a pair of lemon-yellow, storage-battery-powered buses made by Studebaker. The high, four-wheeled coaches carried eight passengers, whose heads narrowly cleared the tunnel's low ceiling. The building and the subway opened in 1909.

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Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013

10:00 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

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Monday, Feb 25, 2013

The Senate convened at 2:00 p.m. and adjourned at 6:32 p.m. 1 record vote was taken.

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Celebrating Black History Month

We honor the many African Americans who have enriched the history of the Senate. In 1870 Hiram Revels of Mississippi became the first African American senator. Five years later Blanche K. Bruce of Mississippi took the oath of office, and became the first African American to preside over the Senate in 1879. It would be nearly another century before Edward Brooke of Massachusetts followed in their historic footsteps in 1967.

Illinois' Carol Moseley Braun broke another barrier in 1993, becoming the first African American female senator. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois took office in 2005, then resigned in 2008 to become the 44th President of the United States. To fill his vacant Senate seat, the Illinois governor appointed Roland Burris. In 2013 Senator Tim Scott became the first African American since Reconstruction to represent a southern state. He was joined by appointed Massachusetts senator William "Mo" Cowan on February 1, 2013, marking the first time in history that two African American senators served simultaneously.

These distinguished individuals have enriched the history of the Senate, but the role of African Americans in Senate history is not limited to those who served in elected office.
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