• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

Fifteenth Congress: March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1819
Fifteenth Congress: March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1819
  • First session—December 1, 1817, to April 20, 1818
  • Second session—November 16, 1818, to March 3, 1819
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1817, to March 6, 1817
  • (First administration of James Monroe, 1817–1821)
Historical Background

The Federalist Party virtually passed from the national scene with the election of 1816. A number of Federalists, however, retained their partisan identity during James Monroe's two terms as president, and Federalists continued to control the state governments of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Maryland and had a significant representation in other states as well. Monroe, the last Revolutionary War officer to serve as president, occupied the White House during the Era of Good Feelings, which was characterized by ...

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