United States Senate Reception Room

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Senate Reception Room
U.S. Senate Reception Room.jpg
Southwest corner of the Senate Reception Room in 2004
Building United States Capitol
Location Washington, DC
Country United States
Purpose Meetings

The United States Senate Reception Room is located in the United States Capitol and is one of the Capitol's most richly decorated public rooms. The room has historically been used for meetings and ceremonies. These decorations feature nine permanent portraits of the greatest Senators as determined by a Senate committee. These portraits are placed in massive and ornate golden frames.[1]

Senator portraits[edit]

In 1957, a Senate Committee headed by then Senator John F. Kennedy was tasked to decide on the five greatest U.S. Senators of all time so their portraits could decorate the Senate Reception Room.[2] John C. Calhoun (South Carolina) and the two others from the "Great Triumvirate" of Congressional leaders, Daniel Webster (Massachusetts) and Henry Clay (Kentucky), were included as well as Robert A. Taft (Ohio) and Robert M. La Follette Sr. (Wisconsin). In 2004, Arthur H. Vandenberg (Michigan) and Robert Wagner (New York) were added. In 2006, Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth both from Connecticut were added, changing the group of greatest Senator's informal name to become the "famous nine".[3]


  1. ^ Shaw, John T. (2013). JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency. 
  2. ^ "The 'Famous Five'". United States Senate. March 12, 1959. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The "Famous Five" Now the "Famous Nine"". United States Senate. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 

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