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72nd United States Congress


72nd United States Congress

72nd United States Congress
71st ← → 73rd

United States Capitol (1906)

Duration: March 4, 1931 – March 4, 1933

Senate President: Charles Curtis
Senate Pres. pro tem: George H. Moses
House Speaker: John N. Garner
Members: 96 Senators
435 Representatives
5 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican
House Majority: Democratic

1st: December 7, 1931 – July 16, 1932
2nd: December 2, 1932 – March 3, 1933

The Seventy-second 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, 1931 to March 4, 1933, during the last two years of Herbert C. Hoover's presidency. The apportionment of seats in this House of Representatives was based on the Thirteenth Decennial Census of the United States in 1910. The Senate had a Republican majority, and the House had a Democratic majority.


Major events

Major legislation

Not enacted

Constitutional amendments

  • February 20, 1933: 21st Amendment, to repeal prohibition, was proposed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Party summary

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.


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Total Vacant
End of the previous congress 41 1 54 96 0
Begin 46 1 48 95 1
Final voting share 48.4% 1.1% 50.5%
Beginning of the next congress 59 1 36 96 0

House of Representatives

TOTAL members: 435


President of the Senate
Charles Curtis (R)
Speaker of the House
John N. Garner (D)


Majority (Republican)

Minority (Democratic)

House Majority Leader Henry Rainey (D, left) and House Minority Leader Bertrand Snell (R, right), December 8, 1931

House of Representatives

Majority (Democratic)

Minority (Republican)


This list is arranged by chamber, then by state. Senators are listed in order of seniority, and Representatives are listed by district.


Senators were elected 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 in the last Congress, requiring reelection in 1934; Class 2 meant their term began with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1936; and Class 3 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1932.

House of Representatives

The names of members of the House of Representatives elected statewide on the general ticket or otherwise at-large, are preceded by an "At-large," and the names of those elected from districts, whether plural or single member, are preceded by their district numbers.

Changes in membership


  • Replacements: 8
  • No net gains for either party
  • Deaths: 6
  • Resignations: 3
  • Interim appointments: 4
  • Total seats with changes: 11
State Senator Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of Successor's Installation
Vacant Long chose to remain as Governor of Louisiana until term expired. Huey Long (D) January 25, 1932
Frank C. Partridge (R) Resigned March 31, 1931 after successor was elected. Warren Austin (R) April 1, 1931
New Jersey
Dwight Morrow (R) Died October 5, 1931.
Successor was appointed and later elected.
William W. Barbour (R) December 1, 1931
Thaddeus H. Caraway (D) Died November 6, 1931.
Successor was appointed to serve until the next election, and was subsequently elected.
Hattie Caraway (D) November 13, 1931
William J. Harris (D) Died April 18, 1932.
Successor was appointed to serve until the next election.
John S. Cohen (D) April 25, 1932
Charles W. Waterman (R) Died August 27, 1932.
Successor was appointed to serve until the next election.
Walter Walker (D) September 16, 1932
Wesley L. Jones (R) Died November 19, 1932.
Successor was appointed to serve until the next election.
Elijah S. Grammer (R) November 22, 1932
North Carolina
Cameron A. Morrison (D) Served until December 4, 1932, when the successor was elected. Robert R Reynolds (D) December 5, 1932
Walter Walker (D) Resigned December 6, 1932, when the successor was elected. Karl C. Schuyler (R) December 7, 1932
John S. Cohen (D) Resigned January 11, 1933, when the successor was elected. Richard Russell, Jr. (D) January 12, 1933
Harry B. Hawes (D) Resigned February 3, 1933.
Successor was appointed early after having been elected.
Bennett Champ Clark (D) December 7, 1932
Thomas J. Walsh (D) Died March 2, 1933
Seat remained vacant until next Congress

House of Representatives

  • replacements: 23
  • deaths: 26
  • resignations: 7
  • contested election: 1
  • Total seats with changes: 34
District Vacator Reason for Vacancy Successor Date of successor's installation
Wisconsin 1st Vacant Rep. Henry A. Cooper (R) died in previous congress Thomas R. Amlie (R) October 13, 1931
New York 7th Vacant Rep-elect Matthew V. O'Malley (R) died John J. Delaney (D) November 3, 1931
Louisiana 8th James B. Aswell (D) Died March 16, 1931 John H. Overton (D) May 12, 1931
Ohio 20th Charles A. Mooney (D) Died May 29, 1931 Martin L. Sweeney (D) November 3, 1931
Pennsylvania 2nd George S. Graham (R) Died July 4, 1931 Edward L. Stokes (R) November 3, 1931
Georgia 1st Charles G. Edwards (D) Died July 13, 1931 Homer C. Parker (D) September 9, 1931
Michigan 8th Bird J. Vincent (R) Died July 18, 1931 Michael J. Hart (D) November 3, 1931
Missouri 7th Samuel C. Major (D) Died July 28, 1931 Robert D. Johnson (D) September 29, 1931
Ohio 1st Nicholas Longworth (R) Died August 9, 1931 John B. Hollister (R) November 3, 1931
New Jersey 5th Ernest R. Ackerman (R) Died October 18, 1931 Percy H. Stewart (D) December 1, 1931
New Hampshire 1st Fletcher Hale (R) Died October 22, 1931 William N. Rogers (D) January 5, 1932
Texas 14th Harry M. Wurzbach (R) Died November 6, 1931 Richard M. Kleberg (D) November 24, 1931
Pennsylvania 20th James R. Leech (R) Resigned January 29, 1932 to become a member of the United States Board of Tax Appeals Howard W. Stull (R) April 26, 1932
Mississippi 7th Percy Quin (D) Died February 4, 1932 Lawrence R. Ellzey (D) March 15, 1932
Georgia 6th Samuel Rutherford (D) Died February 4, 1932 Carlton Mobley (D) March 2, 1932
Indiana 8th Albert H. Vestal (R) Died April 1, 1932 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Illinois 8th Peter C. Granata (R) Lost contested election April 5, 1932 Stanley H. Kunz (D) April 5, 1932
Puerto Rico At-large Félix Córdova Dávila resigned April 11, 1932 to become Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico José Lorenzo Pesquera April 15, 1932
Pennsylvania 18th Edward M. Beers (R) Died April 21, 1932 Joseph F. Biddle (R) November 8, 1932
Pennsylvania 6th George A. Welsh (R) Resigned May 31, 1932 to become judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Robert L. Davis (R) November 8, 1932
Tennessee 7th Edward E. Eslick (D) Died June 14, 1932 Willa McCord Blake Eslick (D) August 14, 1932
Virginia 10th Henry St. George Tucker III (D) Died July 23, 1932 Joel W. Flood (D) November 8, 1932
Maryland 4th J. Charles Linthicum (D) Died October 5, 1932 Ambrose J. Kennedy (D) November 8, 1932
Georgia 3rd Charles R. Crisp (D) Resigned October 7, 1932 to become a member of the US Tariff Commission Bryant T. Castellow (D) November 8, 1932
Illinois 22nd Charles A. Karch (D) Resigned November 6, 1932 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Michigan 9th James C. McLaughlin (R) Died November 29, 1932 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Connecticut 3rd John Q. Tilson (R) Resigned December 3, 1932 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Texas 8th Daniel E. Garrett (D) Died December 13, 1932 Joe H. Eagle (D) January 28, 1933
Oregon 2nd Robert R. Butler (R) Died January 7, 1933 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Pennsylvania 24th Samuel A. Kendall (R) Died January 8, 1933 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Minnesota 10th Godfrey G. Goodwin (R) Died February 16, 1933 Seat remained vacant until next Congress
Arizona At-large Lewis W. Douglas (D) Resigned before commencement of upcoming congress after being appointed Director of the Bureau of the Budget Seat remained vacant until next Congress



House of Representatives


  1. ^
  2. ^ Before the first day of Congress, 19 representatives-elect died. In 14 cases, party control of the seat changed with the special election, and the Democrats ended up with a majority of House seats.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 

External links

  • Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  • U.S. House of Representatives: House History
  • U.S. Senate: Statistics and Lists
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