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Traditions Several of the Senate's most unusual traditions were either started or carefully preserved by Isaac Bassett. His long service, knowledge of the institution, and respect for the material culture of the Senate made him the ideal person for this role.

The Senate Snuff Boxes

"In olden time it was fashionable for senators to take snuff. It was the custom to keep a box of snuff on the vice president's table . . ." View Transcript »


Assigning Senate Seats

"It has been the custom from the formation of the Senate that when a seat becomes vacant the first senator . . ." View Transcript »


Senate Bible Stolen

"The Bible which has been used in swearing in United States senators was stolen from the drawer of . . ." View Transcript »