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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.

Forty-Fifth Congress: March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1879
Forty-fifth Congress: March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1879
  • First session—October 15, 1877, to December 3, 1877
  • Second session—December 3, 1877, to June 20, 1878
  • Third session—December 2, 1878, to March 3, 1879
  • Special session of the Senate—March 5, 1877, to March 17, 1877
  • (Administration of Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877–1881)
Historical Background

Almost immediately after the 1877 electoral commission report was accepted by Congress, and the disputed election of Rutherford B. Hayes as president was confirmed, accusations were levied that Samuel J. Tilden had been cheated out of the presidency. Rumors circulated that Hayes would never be permitted to take the oath of office, and Harper's Weekly reported “wild talk of an army of Democrats a thousand strong marching to Washington to do ...

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