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Proclamation 59—Convening an Extra Session of the United States Senate

February 25, 1853

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

The attention of the president having been called to the proceedings of Congress at the close of its session on the 4th of March, 1851, from which it appears that the constitutional term of that body was held not to have expired until 12 o'clock at noon of that day, and a notice having been issued, agreeably to former usage, to convene the Senate at 11 o'clock a.m. on the 4th of March next, it is apparent that such call is in conflict with the decision aforesaid:

Now, therefore, as well for the purpose of removing all doubt as to the legality of such call as of establishing a precedent of what is deemed a proper mode of convening the Senate, I, Millard Fillmore, president of the United States, have considered it to be my duty to issue this my proclamation, revoking said call and hereby declaring that an extraordinary occasion requires the Senate of the United States to convene for the transaction of business at the Capitol, in the city of Washington, on Friday, the 4th day of March next, at 12 o'clock at noon of that day, of which all who shall at that time be entitled to act as members of that body are hereby required to take notice.

Given under my hand and the seal of the United States, at Washington, this 25th day of February, A.D. 1853, and of the Independence of the United States the seventy-seventh.


By the President:


Secretary of State .

Millard Fillmore, Proclamation 59—Convening an Extra Session of the United States Senate Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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