• 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.

Fourth Congress: March 4, 1795, to March 3, 1797
Fourth Congress: March 4, 1795, to March 3, 1797
  • First session—December 7, 1795, to June 1, 1796
  • Second session—December 5, 1796, to March 3, 1797
  • Special session of the Senate—June 8, 1795, to June 26, 1795
  • (Second administration of George Washington, 1793–1797)
Historical Background

The potential for war with Great Britain loomed during the latter part of George Washington's second term. The British refused to evacuate forts in the Northwest Territory, encouraged Indian attacks on American settlers, and seized U.S. merchant vessels and impressed their crews. War was averted when a delegation headed by John Jay, chief justice of the United States, successfully completed negotiations with England. However, once the terms of the Jay Treaty became known, protests arose all over the ...

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