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Sessions of Congress 1-50  

Congress Session Convening Date Adjournment Date Total Days President
1st 1 Mar 4, 1789 Sep 29, 1789 210 George Washington
2 Jan 4, 1790 Aug 12, 1790 221
3 Dec 6, 1790 Mar 3, 1791 88
2nd * 1 Oct 24, 1791 May 8, 1792 197 George Washington
2 Nov 5, 1792 Mar 2, 1793 119
3rd * 1 Dec 2, 1793 Jun 9, 1794 190 George Washington
2 Nov 3, 1794 Mar 3, 1795 121
4th * 1 Dec 7, 1795 Jun 1, 1796 177 George Washington
2 Dec 5, 1796 Mar 3, 1797 89
5th * 1 May 15, 1797 Jul 10, 1797 57 John Adams
2 Nov 13, 1797 Jul 16, 1798 246
3 Dec 3, 1798 Mar 3, 1799 91
6th 1 Dec 2, 1799 May 14, 1800 164 John Adams
2 Nov 17, 1800 Mar 3, 1801 107
7th * 1 Dec 7, 1801 May 3, 1802 148 Thomas Jefferson
2 Dec 6, 1802 Mar 3, 1803 88
8th 1 Oct 17, 1803 Mar 27, 1804 163 Thomas Jefferson
2 Nov 5, 1804 Mar 3, 1805 119
9th 1 Dec 2, 1805 Apr 21, 1806 141 Thomas Jefferson
2 Dec 1, 1806 Mar 3, 1807 93
10th 1 Oct 26, 1807 Apr 25, 1808 182 Thomas Jefferson
2 Nov 7, 1808 Mar 3, 1809 117
11th * 1 May 22, 1809 Jun 28, 1809 38 James Madison
2 Nov 27, 1809 May 1, 1810 156
3 Dec 3, 1810 Mar 3, 1811 91
12th 1 Nov 4, 1811 Jul 6, 1812 245 James Madison
2 Nov 2, 1812 Mar 3, 1813 122
13th 1 May 24, 1813 Aug 2, 1813 71 James Madison
2 Dec 6, 1813 Apr 18, 1814 134
3 Sep 19, 1814 Mar 3, 1815 166
14th 1 Dec 4, 1815 Apr 30, 1816 148 James Madison
2 Dec 2, 1816 Mar 3, 1817 92
15th * 1 Dec 1, 1817 Apr 20, 1818 141 James Monroe
2 Nov 16, 1818 Mar 3, 1819 108
16th 1 Dec 6, 1819 May 15, 1820 162 James Monroe
2 Nov 13, 1820 Mar 3, 1821 111
17th 1 Dec 3, 1821 May 8, 1822 157 James Monroe
2 Dec 2, 1822 Mar 3, 1823 92
18th 1 Dec 1, 1823 May 27, 1824 178 James Monroe
2 Dec 6, 1824 Mar 3, 1825 88
19th * 1 Dec 5, 1825 May 22, 1826 169 John Quincy Adams
2 Dec 4, 1826 Mar 3, 1827 90
20th 1 Dec 3, 1827 May 26, 1828 175 John Quincy Adams
2 Dec 1, 1828 Mar 3, 1829 93
21st * 1 Dec 7, 1829 May 31, 1830 176 Andrew Jackson
2 Dec 6, 1830 Mar 3, 1831 88
22nd 1 Dec 5, 1831 Jul 16, 1832 225 Andrew Jackson
2 Dec 3, 1832 Mar 2, 1833 91
23rd 1 Dec 2, 1833 Jun 30, 1834 211 Andrew Jackson
2 Dec 1, 1834 Mar 3, 1835 93
24th 1 Dec 7, 1835 Jul 4, 1836 211 Andrew Jackson
2 Dec 5, 1836 Mar 3, 1837 89
25th * 1 Sep 4, 1837 Oct 16, 1837 43 Martin Van Buren
2 Dec 4, 1837 Jul 9, 1838 218
3 Dec 3, 1838 Mar 3, 1839 91
26th 1 Dec 2, 1839 Jul 21, 1840 233 Martin Van Buren
2 Dec 7, 1840 Mar 3, 1841 87
27th * 1 May 31, 1841 Sep 13, 1841 106 John Tyler
2 Dec 6, 1841 Aug 31, 1842 269
3 Dec 5, 1842 Mar 3, 1843 89
28th 1 Dec 4, 1843 Jun 17, 1844 196 John Tyler
2 Dec 2, 1844 Mar 3, 1845 90
29th * 1 Dec 1, 1845 Aug 10, 1847 253 James K. Polk
2 Dec 7, 1846 Mar 3, 1847 87
30th 1 Dec 6, 1847 Aug 14, 1848 254 James K. Polk
2 Dec 4, 1848 Mar 3, 1849 90
31st * 1 Dec 3, 1849 Sep 30, 1850 302 Zachary Taylor
2 Dec 2, 1850 Mar 3, 1851 92
32nd * 1 Dec 1, 1851 Aug 31, 1852 275 Millard Fillmore
2 Dec 6, 1852 Mar 3, 1853 88
33rd * 1 Dec 5, 1853 Aug 7, 1854 246 Franklin Pierce
2 Dec 4, 1854 Mar 3, 1855 90
34th 1 Dec 3, 1855 Aug 18, 1856 260 Franklin Pierce
2 Aug 21, 1856 Aug 30, 1856 10
3 Dec 1, 1856 Mar 3, 1857 93
35th * 1 Dec 7, 1857 Jun 14, 1858 189 James Buchanan
2 Dec 6, 1858 Mar 3, 1859 88
36th * 1 Dec 5, 1859 Jun 25, 1860 202 James Buchanan
2 Dec 3, 1860 Mar 3, 1861 93
37th * 1 Jul 4, 1861 Aug 6, 1861 34 Abraham Lincoln
2 Dec 2, 1861 Jul 17, 1862 228
3 Dec 1, 1862 Mar 3, 1863 93
38th * 1 Dec 7, 1863 Jul 4, 1864 209 Abraham Lincoln
2 Dec 5, 1864 Mar 3, 1865 89
39th * 1 Dec 4, 1865 Jul 28, 1866 237 Andrew Johnson
2 Dec 3, 1866 Mar 3, 1867 91
40th * 1 Mar 4, 1867 Dec 1, 1867 273 Andrew Johnson
2 Dec 2, 1867 Nov 10, 1868 345
3 Dec 7, 1868 Mar 3, 1869 87
41st * 1 Mar 4, 1869 Apr 10, 1869 38 Ulysses S. Grant
2 Dec 6, 1869 Jul 15, 1870 222
3 Dec 5, 1870 Mar 3, 1871 89
42nd * 1 Mar 4, 1871 Apr 20, 1871 48 Ulysses S. Grant
2 Dec 4, 1871 Jun 10, 1872 190
3 Dec 2, 1872 Mar 3, 1873 92
43rd * 1 Dec 1, 1873 Jun 23, 1874 204 Ulysses S. Grant
2 Dec 7, 1874 Mar 3, 1875 87
44th * 1 Dec 6, 1875 Aug 15, 1876 254 Ulysses S. Grant
2 Dec 4, 1876 Mar 3, 1877 90
45th * 1 Oct 15, 1877 Dec 3, 1877 50 Rutherford B. Hayes
2 Dec 3, 1877 Jun 20, 1878 200
3 Dec 2, 1878 Mar 3, 1879 92
46th 1 Mar 18, 1879 Jul 1, 1879 106 Rutherford B. Hayes
2 Dec 1, 1879 Jun 16, 1880 199
3 Dec 6, 1880 Mar 3, 1881 88
47th * 1 Dec 5, 1881 Aug 8, 1882 247 James A. Garfield
2 Dec 4, 1882 Mar 3, 1883 90
48th 1 Dec 3, 1883 Jul 7, 1884 218 Chester A. Arthur
2 Dec 1, 1884 Mar 3, 1885 93
49th * 1 Dec 7, 1885 Aug 5, 1886 242 Grover Cleveland
2 Dec 6, 1886 Mar 3, 1887 88
50th 1 Dec 5, 1887 Oct 20, 1888 321 Grover Cleveland
2 Dec 3, 1888 Mar 3, 1889 91

Sessions of Congress 51-100  

Congress Session Convening Date Adjournment Date Total Days President
51st * 1 Dec 2, 1889 Oct 1, 1890 304 Benjamin Harrison
2 Dec 1, 1890 Mar 3, 1891 93
52nd 1 Dec 7, 1891 Aug 5, 1892 251 Benjamin Harrison
2 Dec 5, 1892 Mar 3, 1893 89
53rd * 1 Aug 7, 1893 Nov 3, 1893 89 Grover Cleveland
2 Dec 4, 1893 Aug 28, 1894 268
3 Dec 3, 1894 Mar 3, 1895 97
54th 1 Dec 2, 1895 Jun 11, 1896 193 Grover Cleveland
2 Dec 7, 1896 Mar 3, 1897 87
55th * 1 Mar 15, 1897 Jul 24, 1897 131 William McKinley
2 Dec 6, 1897 Jul 8, 1898 215
3 Dec 5, 1898 Mar 3, 1899 89
56th 1 Dec 4, 1899 June 7, 1900 186 William McKinley
2 December 3, 1900 March 3, 1901 91
57th * 1 December 2, 1901 July 1, 1902 212 Theodore Roosevelt
2 December 1, 1902 March 3, 1903 92
58th * 1 November 9, 1903 December 7, 1903 29 Theodore Roosevelt
2 December 7, 1903 April 28, 1904 144
3 December 5, 1904 March 3, 1905 89
59th * 1 December 4, 1905 June 30, 1906 209 Theodore Roosevelt
2 December 3, 1906 March 3, 1907 91
60th 1 December 2, 1907 May 3, 1908 181 Theodore Roosevelt
2 December 7, 1908 March 3, 1909 87
61st * 1 March 15, 1909 August 5, 1909 144 William A. Taft
2 December 6, 1909 June 25, 1910 202
3 December 5, 1910 March 3, 1911 89
62nd 1 April 4, 1911 August 22, 1911 141 William A. Taft
2 December 4, 1911 August 26, 1912 267
3 December 2, 1912 March 3, 1913 92
63rd * 1 April 7, 1913 December 1, 1913 239 Woodrow Wilson
2 December 1, 1913 October 24, 1914 328
3 December 7, 1914 March 3, 1915 87
64th 1 December 6, 1915 September 8, 1916 278 Woodrow Wilson
2 December 4, 1916 March 3, 1917 90
65th * 1 April 2, 1917 October 6, 1917 188 Woodrow Wilson
2 December 3, 1917 November 21, 1918 354
3 December 2, 1918 March 3, 1919 92
66th 1 May 19, 1919 November 19, 1919 185 Woodrow Wilson
2 December 1, 1919 June 5, 1920 188
3 December 6, 1920 March 3, 1921 88
67th * 1 April 11, 1921 November 23, 1921 227 Warren G. Harding
2 December 5, 1921 September 22, 1922 292
3 November 20, 1922 December 4, 1922 15
4 December 4, 1922 March 3, 1923 90
68th 1 December 3, 1923 June 7, 1924 188 Calvin Coolidge
2 December 1, 1924 March 3, 1925 93
69th * 1 December 7, 1925 July 3, 1926 209 Calvin Coolidge
2 December 6, 1926 March 4, 1927 88
70th 1 December 5, 1927 May 29, 1928 177 Calvin Coolidge
2 December 3, 1928 March 3, 1929 91
71st * 1 April 15, 1929 November 22, 1929 222 Herbert Hoover
2 December 2, 1929 July 3, 1930 214
3 December 1, 1930 March 3, 1931 93
72nd 1 December 7, 1931 July 16, 1932 223 Herbert Hoover
2 December 5, 1932 March 3, 1933 89
73rd * 1 March 9, 1933 June 15, 1933 99 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 January 3, 1934 June 18, 1934 167
74th 1 January 3, 1935 August 26, 1935 236 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 January 3, 1936 June 20, 1936 170
75th 1 January 5, 1937 August 21, 1937 229 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 November 15, 1937 December 21, 1937 37
3 January 3, 1938 June 16, 1938 165
76th 1 January 3, 1939 August 5, 1939 215 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 September 21, 1939 November 3, 1939 44
3 January 3, 1940 January 3, 1941 366
77th 1 January 3, 1941 January 2, 1942 365 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 January 5, 1942 December 16, 1942 346
78th 1 January 6, 1943 December 21, 1943 350 Franklin D. Roosevelt
2 January 10, 1944 December 19, 1944 345
79th 1 January 3, 1945 December 21, 1945 353 Franklin D. Roosevelt / Harry S. Truman
2 January 14, 1946 August 2, 1946 201 Harry S. Truman
80th 1 January 3, 1947 December 19, 1947 351 Harry S. Truman
2 January 6, 1948 December 31, 1948 361
81st 1 January 3, 1949 October 19, 1949 290 Harry S. Truman
2 January 3, 1950 January 2, 1951 365
82nd 1 January 3, 1951 October 20, 1951 291 Harry S. Truman
2 January 8, 1952 July 7, 1952 182
83rd 1 January 3, 1953 August 3, 1953 213 Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 January 6, 1954 December 2, 1954 331
84th 1 January 5, 1955 August 2, 1955 210 Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 January 3, 1956 July 27, 1956 207
85th 1 January 3, 1957 August 30, 1957 239 Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 January 7, 1958 August 24, 1958 230
86th 1 January 7, 1959 September 15, 1959 252 Dwight D. Eisenhower
2 January 6, 1960 September 1, 1960 240
87th 1 January 3, 1961 September 27, 1961 268 John F. Kennedy
2 January 10, 1962 October 13, 1962 277
88th 1 January 9, 1963 December 30, 1963 356 John F. Kennedy / Lyndon B. Johnson
2 January 7, 1964 October 3, 1964 270 Lyndon B. Johnson
89th 1 January 4, 1965 October 23, 1965 293 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 January 10, 1966 October 22, 1966 286
90th 1 January 10, 1967 December 15, 1967 340 Lyndon B. Johnson
2 January 15, 1968 October 14, 1968 274
91st 1 January 3, 1969 December 23, 1969 355 Lyndon B. Johnson / Richard M. Nixon
2 January 19, 1970 January 2, 1971 349 Richard M. Nixon
92nd 1 January 21, 1971 December 17, 1971 331 Richard M. Nixon
2 January 18, 1972 October 18, 1972 275
93rd 1 January 3, 1973 December 22, 1973 354 Richard M. Nixon
2 January 21, 1974 December 20, 1974 334 Richard M. Nixon / Gerald R. Ford
94th 1 January 14, 1975 December 19, 1975 340 Gerald R. Ford
2 January 19, 1976 October 1, 1976 257
95th 1 January 4, 1977 December 15, 1977 346 Gerald R. Ford / James E. Carter
2 January 19, 1978 October 15, 1978 270 James E. Carter
96th 1 January 15, 1979 January 3, 1980 354 James E. Carter
2 January 3, 1980 December 16, 1980 349
97th 1 January 5, 1981 December 16, 1981 347 James E. Carter / Ronald W. Reagan
2 January 25, 1982 December 23, 1982 333 Ronald W. Reagan
98th 1 January 3, 1983 November 18, 1983 320 Ronald W. Reagan
2 January 23, 1984 October 12, 1984 264
99th 1 January 3, 1985 December 20, 1985 352 Ronald W. Reagan
2 January 21, 1986 October 18, 1986 278
100th 1 January 6, 1987 December 22, 1987 351 Ronald W. Reagan
2 January 25, 1988 October 22, 1988 272

Sessions of Congress 101-current  

Congress Session Convening Date Adjournment Date Total Days President
101st 1 January 3, 1989 November 22, 1989 324 Ronald W. Reagan / George H. W. Bush
2 January 23, 1990 October 28, 1990 260 George H. W. Bush
102nd 1 January 3, 1991 January 3, 1992 366 George H. W. Bush
2 January 3, 1992 October 9, 1992 281
103rd 1 January 5, 1993 November 26, 1993 326 George H. W. Bush / William J. Clinton
2 January 25, 1994 December 1, 1994 311 William J. Clinton
104th 1 January 4, 1995 January 3, 1996 365 William J. Clinton
2 January 3, 1996 October 4, 1996 276
105th 1 January 7, 1997 November 13, 1997 311 William J. Clinton
2 January 27, 1998 December 19, 1998 327
106th 1 January 6, 1999 November 22, 1999 321 William J. Clinton
2 January 24, 2000 December 15, 2000 326
107th 1 January 3, 2001 December 20, 2001 352 William J. Clinton / George W. Bush
2 January 23, 2002 November 22, 2002 304 George W. Bush
108th 1 January 7, 2003 December 9, 2003 337 George W. Bush
2 January 20, 2004 December 8, 2004 324
109th 1 January 4, 2005 December 22, 2005 353 George W. Bush
2 January 3, 2006 December 8, 2006 341
110th 1 January 4, 2007 December 31, 2007 362 George W. Bush
2 January 3, 2008 January 3, 2009 367
111th 1 January 6, 2009 December 24, 2009 353 George W. Bush / Barack H. Obama
2 January 5, 2010 December 22, 2010 358 Barack H. Obama
112th 1 January 5, 2011 January 3, 2012 363 Barack H. Obama
2 January 3, 2012 January 3, 2013 365
113th 1 January 3, 2013 December 24, 2013 356 Barack H. Obama
2 January 3, 2014 January 2, 2015 365
114th 1 January 6, 2015 December 18, 2015 347 Barack H. Obama
2 January 4, 2016 January 3, 2017 366
115th 1 January 3, 2017 January 2, 2018 365 Donald J Trump
2 January 3, 2018 January 2, 2019 365
116th 1 January 3, 2019 TBD   Donald J Trump
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Notes  

* Indicates that a special session of the Senate was convened during a Congress.

Article II, Section 3 of the constitution provides that the President "may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them". This procedure occurs only if the Congress is convened by Presidential proclamation. Extraordinary sessions have been called by the Chief Executive to urge the Congress to focus on important national issues. These are separate sessions of Congress, unless otherwise noted.

Source: Congressional Directory