Cheyanne's Campsite ...Where The Money Meets The Rubber of The Spirited Road in America Today !!: The Raucous History of Rule 19 That Got Elizabeth Warren Banned From the Floor of Congress For Reading Coretta Scott King's Letter to Strom Thoumond About Senator Jeff Beauregard Sesssions Previous Behavior in 1968 About Certain Civil Rights In the Senate, where men are referred to as "gentleman" and women are called "gentle lady," the rule stems from a notorious 1902 incident in which two South Carolina lawmakers got into a fistfight on the Senate floor. According to the Senate historian's office, Sen. John McLaurin raced into the Senate chamber and said fellow Democrat Ben Tillman was guilty of "a willful, malicious, and deliberate lie." Tillman — a fiery populist who had earned the nickname "Pitchfork Ben" for threatening to bring a pitchfork to prod then-President Grover Cleveland to act on the economy — spun around and punched McLaurin squarely in the jaw. The Senate "exploded in pandemonium as members struggled to separate both members." The fracas ended, "but not without stinging bruises both to bystanders and to the Senate's sense of decorum," according to an account on the historian's office website. The Senate censured both men and added to its rules the provision that survives today as part of Rule 19.