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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-Seventh Congress: March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1883
Forty-seventh Congress: March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1883
  • First session—December 5, 1881, to August 8, 1882
  • Second session—December 4, 1882, to March 3, 1883
  • Special sessions of the Senate—March 4, 1881, to May 20, 1881; October 10, 1881, to October 29, 1881
  • (Administrations of James A. Garfield, 1881, and Chester A. Arthur, 1881–1885)
Historical Background

Four months after his inauguration as the nation's twentieth president, on July 2, 1881, James A. Garfield was shot in the back while waiting for a train in Washington, D.C. His attacker, Charles J. Guiteau, a mentally unbalanced office-seeker, was subsequently convicted and executed. Garfield died from the wound on September 19, 1881. At 2:15 a.m. the following morning, Vice President Chester A. Arthur was sworn ...

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