• 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.

Nineteenth Congress: March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1827
Nineteenth Congress: March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1827
  • First session—December 5, 1825, to May 22, 1826
  • Second session—December 4, 1826, to March 3, 1827
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1825, to March 9, 1825
  • (Administration of John Quincy Adams, 1825–1829)
Historical Background

Despite acknowledging in his inaugural address of March 4, 1825, that he was “less possessed of [public] confidence in advance than any of his predecessors,” John Quincy Adams still felt that the “baneful weed of party strife” was a thing of the past. His optimistic annual message penned ten months later included proposals for a series of far-reaching measures. Adams called for significant internal improvements, a uniform system of weights and measures, establishment of a national university and ...

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