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Career & Recognition

Career & Recognition For 64 years, Isaac Bassett manned his post, seated on the rostrum or at his desk in the corner of the Chamber whenever the Senate met. The Senate Chamber was his domain; he supervised staff and pages, ensured that senators had all they needed, and controlled access to the room. Senators came to regard him as an indispensable part of the institution, dubbing him the "venerable official," and honoring him with tokens of their esteem.

Bassett Becomes a Page

"My father was in charge of the Senate Chamber and he often brought me over with him and permitted . . ." View Transcript »


Life in the Senate, 1830-1831

"Mr. Grimes, which he was assistant doorkeeper, acted as postmaster and superintendent of the folding room . . ." View Transcript »


John C. Breckinridge

"He was a noble man, kind, generous and able. When he was vice president I had charge of his room and . . ." View Transcript »


Bassett Reflects on His Career

"My experience is that if I had my time to go over again I never would enter the Senate as a . . ." View Transcript »


A Surprise

"Soon after the adjournment of the Senate on the 3rd day of August 1876 . . ." View Transcript »