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  • 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.

Twenty-Second Congress: March 4, 1831, to March 3, 1833
Twenty-second Congress: March 4, 1831, to March 3, 1833
  • First session—December 5, 1831, to July 16, 1832
  • Second session—December 3, 1832, to March 2, 1833
  • (First administration of Andrew Jackson, 1829–1833)
Historical Background

By the time the Twenty-second Congress convened, all of Andrew Jackson's original cabinet, with the exception of Postmaster General William T. Berry, had resigned or been replaced in the aftermath of the Eaton Affair. The Eaton Affair also cost the already politically isolated Vice President John C. Calhoun whatever chance he may have had of being anointed as Jackson's likely successor. That prize would ultimately go to Secretary of State Martin Van Buren, the lone member of the cabinet to socialize with the Eatons. Van Buren's solution to ...

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