• 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.

Fifty-First Congress: March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1891
Fifty-first Congress: March 4, 1889, to March 3, 1891
  • First session—December 2, 1889, to October 1, 1890
  • Second session—December 1, 1890, to March 3, 1891
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1889, to April 2, 1889
  • (Administration of Benjamin Harrison, 1889–1893)
Historical Background

During the Fifty-first Congress, the Republicans held the presidency as well as a majority in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1881. Their numbers swelled even further with the addition of congressional delegations from five new states—North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming—admitted to the Union between November 1889 and July 1890. (The enabling acts for North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Idaho were approved by the Fiftieth Congress. These states were admitted upon issuance ...

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