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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.

Fifty-Seventh Congress: March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1903
Fifty-seventh Congress: March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1903
  • First session—December 2, 1901, to July 1, 1902
  • Second session—December 1, 1902, to March 3, 1903
  • Special session of the Senate—March 4, 1901, to March 9, 1901
  • (Second administration of William McKinley, 1901; first administration of Theodore Roosevelt, 1901–1905)
Historical Background

On September 6, 1901, just six months into his second term, President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. His death on September 14 thrust forty-three-year-old Theodore Roosevelt into the presidency on September 14, 1901. Three months later, the new administration signed, and the Senate ratified, the Hay-Pauncepote Treaty with Great Britain, which committed the United States to construct, control, and fortify an isthmian ...

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