| Aaron Burr (DR)|
| Nathaniel Macon (DR)|
| John Brown (DR)
Jesse Franklin (DR)
Joseph Anderson (DR)|
1 Non-voting members
The Eighth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from March 4, 1803 to March 4, 1805, during the last two years of the first administration of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the Second Census of the United States in 1800. Both chambers had a Democratic-Republican majority.
April 30, 1803: Louisiana Purchase was made by the United States from France
February 16, 1804: In the First Barbary War, Stephen Decatur led a raid to burn the pirate-held frigate Philadelphia
May 14, 1804: Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from Camp Dubois to begin their historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River
July 11, 1804: Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton
November 30, 1804: Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase
December 3, 1804: United States presidential election, 1804: Incumbent Thomas Jefferson (DR) beat challenger Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (F)
March 1, 1805: Samuel Chase acquitted of impeachment charges by the U.S. Senate
December 9, 1803: Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by Congress.
June 15, 1804: Twelfth Amendment was ratified by the states.
October 20, 1803: Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty
March 26, 1804: Territory of Orleans was organized. It was formerly a portion of the District of Louisiana.
January 11, 1805: Michigan Territory was organized.
8th United States Congress Wikipedia
The count below identifies party affiliations at the beginning of the first session of this Congress, and includes members from vacancies and newly admitted states, when they were first seated. Changes resulting from subsequent replacements are shown below in the "Changes in membership" section.
Following the 1800 census, the size of the House was increased to 142 seats from 108.President: Aaron Burr (DR)
President pro tempore: John Brown (DR), October 17, 1803 – February 26, 1804
Jesse Franklin (DR), March 10, 1804 – November 4, 1804
Joseph Anderson (DR), January 15, 1805 – December 1, 1805
Speaker: Nathaniel Macon (DR)
This list is arranged by chamber, then by state. Senators are listed in order of seniority, and Representatives are listed by district.Skip to House of Representatives, below
Senators were elected by the state legislatures every two years, with one-third beginning new six-year terms with each Congress. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election. In this Congress, Class 1 meant their term began with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1808; Class 2 meant their term ended in this Congress, requiring reelection in 1804; and Class 3 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring reelection in 1806.
The names of members of the House of Representatives are preceded by their district numbers.
The count below reflects changes from the beginning of the first session of this Congress.
Lists of committees and their party leaders.Whole
Commerce and Manufactures
Revisal and Unfinished Business
Standards of Official Conduct
Ways and Means
Architect of the Capitol: Benjamin H. Latrobe, appointed March 6, 1803
Librarian of Congress: John J. Beckley
Secretary: Samuel A. Otis of Massachusetts, elected April 8, 1789
Sergeant at Arms: James Mathers of New York, elected April 7, 1789
Edward Gantt, Episcopalian
Alexander T. McCormick, Episcopalian, elected November 7, 1804
Clerk: John Beckley of Virginia, elected October 17, 1803
Sergeant at Arms: Joseph Wheaton of Rhode Island, elected October 17, 1803
Doorkeeper: Thomas Claxton, elected October 17, 1803
William Parkinson, Baptist
The Rev. James Laurie, Presbyterian, elected November 5, 1804