Monday December 3, 1860
Early in the session, both houses of Congress established committees to deal with the growing crisis. On December 4, the House established its Committee of Thirty-three, with one member from each state. Two weeks later, on December 18, the Senate est ablished a similar committee, the Committee of Thirteen. Among its members was John J. Crittenden of Kentucky, whose Crittenden Compromise would be the one most seriously debated by Congress.
Bibliography: Rhodes, History, 3: 146-54; Potter, Lincoln and His Party, pp. 75-111; Nevins, Emergence of Lincoln, 2: 390-94, 405-13.