Political Trivia Question of the Day

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Why is the Senate called the upper house?


13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Andrew Carnegie says:


    It's a New York thing.


  2. notaskinnycook says:

    I figured it's something we got from the Mother Country. 

  3. Voyageur says:

    Because under Republican rule, the House is such a downer..



  4. Pseudonymous says:

    Although there's a popular belief it had to do with seating arrangement in the early days of the nation (on which floor each body met), the term has been in use far longer and derives from the nature of the bicameral legislature in the mother country.  You can see an example here (listing a "fpeech made in the Upper Houfe of Parliament")  in an index of documents indicating its use in 1529, and again, here, in 1607 from a legal case report.

    The upper house of Parliament, Lords, is the closest model to the Senate, as originally conceived, with greater qualifications, selectivity (they weren't popularly elected, of course), and more limited numbers (although Lords is bigger than Commons at this point).  The lower house, Commons, was just that, and more closely resembles our House of Representatives.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    Pseudonymous may have a point but I declare Andrew Carnegie the winner as every historian I have read says it's because when Congress first met in NY, the House was on the first floor and the Senate on the second.

  6. Zappatero says:

    Trivia question of the day?!?!?

    This shows just how worthless and incompetent the Democratic and Progressive Establishment is (that is: anyone who gets paid to advance those agendas, candidates and issues).

    Trying to distract from such a catastrophic failure of your ideas and capabilities is sickening and if I did this at my job I'd be fired tomorrow.

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