• 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.

Twenty-Fourth Congress: March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1837
Twenty-fourth Congress: March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1837
  • First session—December 7, 1835, to July 4, 1836
  • Second session—December 5, 1836, to March 3, 1837
  • (Second administration of Andrew Jackson, 1833–1837)
Historical Background

At the outset of the Twenty-fourth Congress, the Whigs emerged for the first time as a formidable opposition in both houses of Congress. The Democrats held only a two seat (27–25) advantage in the Senate, while Whigs in the House held a sizeable minority of 98 seats to the Democrats' 145. The Whig movement begun in earnest with Kentucky senator Henry Clay's emergence as the leader of anti-Jackson forces in Congress. This new political coalition included National Republicans, champions of tariff protection, supporters of internal improvements, advocates of ...

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