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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.

Sixty-Second Congress: March 4, 1911, to March 3, 1913
Sixty-second Congress: March 4, 1911, to March 3, 1913
  • First session—April 4, 1911, to August 22, 1911
  • Second session—December 4, 1911, to August 26, 1912
  • Third session—December 2, 1912, to March 3, 1913
  • (Administration of William Howard Taft, 1901–1913)
Historical Background

At the Constitutional Convention of 1787 the framers provided for the “Senate of the United States to be composed of two Senators from each State chosen by the Legislature thereof.” As early as the 1826, calls were made for the popular election of senators, but the movement did not begin to gain widespread support until after the Civil War. Between 1890 and 1912, nearly 150 proposed constitutional amendments were offered in Congress to establish the direct election of senators, and on ...

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