Senator Byrd will Lie in State in the Senate Chamber on Thursday. It is being reported that he will NOT lie in State the Capitol Rotunda.
Law enforcement officials and a Senate aide said Byrd’s casket will lie in repose in the Senate chamber, rather than the Capitol Rotunda.
There is ample precedent for such ceremonies, but none has occurred since North Dakota Republican William Langer’s funeral in 1959, according to the Senate Historian’s Office.-.google.news“
Senator Byrd served in the US Senate Chamber for 51 Years and is the longest Serving US Senator in American History.
Robert Byrd Died Early Monday Morning. Some Funeral Arrangements have been made.
Sen. Robert Byrd will join Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy among historic figures who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda — an honor bestowed upon only 28 other Americans over the past 160 years.
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Here is a list of the Recent Senators who have lied in repose in the Capitol.
Here is a list of the last Five United States Senators to lie in State in the US Capitol
Borah, William E. Idaho January 22, 1940
Sheppard, Morris Texas April 10, 1941
Harrison, Byron P.(Pat) Mississippi June 23, 1941
McCarthy, Joseph R. Wisconsin May 6, 1957
Langer, William North Dakota November 10, 1959