• 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-Eighth Congress: March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1845
Twenty-eighth Congress: March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1845
  • First session—December 4, 1843, to June 17, 1844
  • Second session—December 2, 1844, to March 3, 1845
  • (Administration of John Tyler, 1841–1845)
Historical Background

With the Maine-New Brunswick boundary controversy resolved, the Tyler administration anxiously turned its attention to the question of Texas. Although Mexican president Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana declared that any attempt by the United States to annex Texas would result in war, and President Sam Houston of Texas was initially less than enthusiastic about relinquishing independence, President John Tyler and several other administration officials favored annexation. Following considerable negotiation, Secretary of State John C. Calhoun concluded a treaty of annexation with the Republic of Texas on April 12, 1844. ...

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