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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.

Fifty-Eighth Congress: March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1905
Fifty-eighth Congress: March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1905
  • First session—November 9, 1903, to December 7, 1903
  • Second session—December 7, 1903, to April 28, 1904
  • Third session—December 5, 1904, to March 3, 1905
  • Special session of the Senate—March 5, 1903, to March 19, 1903
  • (First administration of Theodore Roosevelt, 1901–1905)
Historical Background

Less than six months after construction of an isthmian canal was approved by Congress, Secretary of State John M. Hay and Colombian minister Thomas Herran reached an agreement providing for a route through Panama. Soon thereafter the Hay-Herran Treaty was ratified by the Senate. The Colombian Senate, however, rejected the treaty, insisting on larger payments and greater sovereignty in the canal zone. After President Theodore Roosevelt made clear his unwillingness to ...

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