Excerpt from A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators, 1895, Vol. 4: Issued Annually
State House Extension to make and unmake laws for the state. It was a Legislature remarkable for containing the largest proportion of members from one political party ever known. The House contained 194 Republicans and 46 Democrats, while in the Senate there were only four Democrats to 36 Republicans. There were not enough even of the former to secure a roll call. And yet there was no unusual partisan legislation attempted. The majority always passes more or less legislation against the protest of the minority. The business of the session, although of greater volume than ever, was completed decently and in order and prorogation reached at the unusually early date of June 5, or the earliest since 1888. The session of 1895 was also remarkable for the unusual number of deaths among its members. One Senator and two Representatives elect died without taking the oath of office, while two died after having served several weeks, and one on the very morning of the day the Legislature was prorogued. This Souvenir contains the portrait of every Legislator of the state, whether in Senate or House or Congress, as well as all members of the Executive Department. Nearly all of the Staff and a good proportion of the Sergeant-at-arms' force are also represented. The pictures of the new House and of the old Senate chamber. Included for the first time, make the volume more complete than ever as a Souvenir. It now contains not only the portraits of the members, their biographies and their autographs, but pictures also of the halls themselves in which they sat to legislate. If their suzcessors.
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