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  • 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.

Forty-First Congress: March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1871
Forty-first Congress: March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1871
  • First session—March 4, 1869, to April 10, 1869
  • Second session—December 6, 1869, to July 15, 1870
  • Third session—December 5, 1870, to March 3, 1871
  • Special session of the Senate—April 12, 1869, to April 22, 1869
  • (First administration of Ulysses S. Grant, 1869–1873)
Historical Background

Soon after the Forty-first Congress convened in March 1869, a law was enacted “to strengthen the public credit” and “to remove any doubt as to the purpose of the government to discharge all just obligations to public creditors.” The Public Credit Act further declared that all war bonds purchased during the Civil War would be redeemed in “coin or its equivalent.” With this enactment, President Ulysses S. Grant was able ...

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