• 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-Ninth Congress: March 4, 1845, to March 3, 1847
Twenty-ninth Congress: March 4, 1845, to March 3, 1847
  • First session—December 1, 1845, to August 10, 1846
  • Second session—December 7, 1846, to March 3, 1847
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1845, to March 20, 1845
  • (Administration of James K. Polk, 1845–1847)
Historical Background

Less than a month after the approval of the Texas annexation resolution, Mexico severed diplomatic relations with the United States. As tension over Texas continued to build, President James K. Polk sought a compromise solution to the question of a permanent boundary line between the United States and British Northwest Territory. By 1845, the deadlock over the Oregon Territory centered on whether the line should be drawn at the Columbia River, as Britain wanted, or further north at ...

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