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  • 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-Fifth Congress: March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1839
Twenty-fifth Congress: March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1839
  • First session—September 4, 1837, to October 16, 1837
  • Second session—December 4, 1837, to July 9, 1838
  • Third session—December 3, 1838, to March 3, 1839
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1837, to March 10, 1837
  • (Administration of Martin Van Buren, 1837–1841)
Historical Background

Soon after Martin Van Buren was inaugurated as president, New York banks suspended specie payments, which meant that an individual could no longer exchange paper money or bank notes for coin money. Nearly all of the nation's other banks quickly took similar action. The suspension action was precipitated in large part by a deepening commercial and financial panic that gripped the country. Bankruptcies were commonplace, unemployment was rising, farm prices were ...

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