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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-Seventh Congress: March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843
Twenty-seventh Congress: March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843
  • First session—May 31, 1841, to September 13, 1841
  • Second session—December 6, 1841, to August 31, 1842
  • Third session—December 5, 1842, to March 3, 1843
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1841, to March 15, 1841
  • (Administrations of William Henry Harrison, 1841, and John Tyler, 1841–1845)
Historical Background

During the 1840 presidential campaign, the Whigs focused primarily on attacking the Independent Treasury Act and blaming the Van Buren administration for the ongoing depression. Shortly after delivering his March 4, 1841, inaugural address, William Henry Harrison issued a call for a special session of Congress to consider the “sundry important and weighty matters, principally growing out of the condition of the revenue and finances of the ...

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