Starting in 1788 and keeping tradition until 1935, U.S. senators representing Connecticut would start work on March 4.

Today senators are popularly elected for a six-year term, beginning Jan. 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after Nov. 1. Before 1914, they were chosen by the Connecticut General Assembly, and before 1935, their terms began March 4.

William Stuart Symington Jr., above, was a senator from Missouri from 1953-76. He died in New Canaan.

Darien has never had a senator who was native to the town.