UPDATED…at the end of this post….what a great topic….if I can take credit for something being interesting on this blog. One of those who was lain in repose was Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy in 1957. He did not deserve that honor to be certain. But I still want a full list.
This is a historical trivia type question that is driving the geeky part of me nuts this evening.
I think it remarkable and appropriate that Senator Robert Byrd be honored with the chance to lie in repose in the Senate chamber. I know that there have been funerals in the chamber and was used often in the 1800’s for these events…. but I want to know who else (by name) has been so honored in the Senate chamber?
Anyone who knows the answer please chime in.
The body of Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, will lie in repose in the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday, two Senate aides familiar with the plans told CNN.
Byrd, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, died Monday. He was 92. Byrd served for six years in the House before moving to the Senate, where he served nine terms.
Byrd will lie in repose in a closed casket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, a senior Senate aide said. Senators and others will be asked to be in the chamber at 10:30 a.m., when Senate chaplain Barry Black will give a prayer.
It was unclear whether members of the public would be on the floor or watching the proceedings from the visitors’ gallery above.
A senator’s casket last lay in repose there in 1959, the year Byrd joined the chamber. ( Bloggers note…it should read lie in repose as opposed to the way this newspaper wrote it.)
Back in Washington, there is ample precedent for memorial ceremonies in the Senate chamber, but none has occurred since North Dakota Republican Sen. William Langer’s funeral in 1959, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.
Including Mr. Langer, 46 senators have lain in repose in the Senate chamber. One additional funeral, the first, was held there for a New Yorker who never was a senator: George Clinton, Thomas Jefferson’s second vice president, lay in repose on April 21, 1812.
Other senators honored include South Carolina’s John C. Calhoun in 1850, Kentucky’s Henry Clay in 1852 and Wisconsin’s Joseph McCarthy in 1957.