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Life of John Q. Adams, and Electoral Vote of Tenth Term. 257

Life of Jackson, and Electoral Votes of Eleventh and

Twelfth Terms.

260

Life of Van Buren, and Electoral Vote of Thirteenth Term. 264

Life of Harrison, and Electoral Vote of Fourteenth Term. 267

Life of Tyler.

271

Life of Polk, and Electoral Vote of Fifteenth Term. 273

Life of Taylor, and Electoral Vote of Sixteenth Term. 276

Life of Fillmore.

279

Life of Pierce, and Electoral Vote of Seventeenth Term. : 281

Life of Buchanan, and Electoral Vote of Eighteenth Term. 284

Life of Lincoln, and Electoral Votes of Nineteenth and

Twentieth Terins.

289

Life of Johnson.

297

Life of Grant, and Electorial Votes of Twenty-first

Twenty-second Terms.

. 300

Popular vote for Presidents by States since 1824.

306

The Military Government Bill.

311

Supplement to same, and Amendments.

313

Amnesty Act of 1872.

316

Homestead Laws.

317

Important Statistics of States and Territories-

a) Number of Members of Congress of each.

318

(6) By whom Settled, and when.

318

Date of Act Creating each.

. 318

d) Time of Holding General Elections.

318

Senators: Number and Term of Office.

318

Representatives : Number and Term of Office. 319

(9) Time of Meeting of Legislatures.

319

"Governors: Term of office, and State Capitals. 319

(i) Wealth, Local Debt, and Taxation.

. 320

6) Agricultural.

. 321

*) Public Debt from 1857 to 1875, July 1st, Annually. 322

Public Debt at Close of each Administration, from

1793 to 1872.

322

(m) Statement of Public Lands and Grants.

322

(n) Revenues of the Government from 1857 to 1875. 323

Expenditures of the Government from 1857 to 1875. 324

p) Gold Fluotuations from 1862 to 1872.

325

D) Manufactures : Value and Gross Productions. 325

r) Distribution of the Currency.

326-327

The Civil Rights Bill.

328

The Tenure of Office Bill.

332

The Platforms of Political Parties from 1860.

335

Civil Service Regulations.

356

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CONFEDERATION OF THE ORIGINAL

STATES.

On Monday, the 5th of September, 1774, there were assembled at Carpenter's Hall, in the city of Philadelphia, a number of men who had been chosen and appointed by the several colonies in North America to hold a Congress for the purpose of discussing certain grievances imputed against the mother country. This Congress resolved, on the next day, that each colony should have one vote only. On Tuesday, the 2d July, 1776, the Congress resolved, “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States,” etc., etc.; and on Thursday, the 4th July, the whole Declaration of Independence having been agreed upon, it was publicly read to the people. Shortly after, on the 9th September, it was resolved that the words “ United Colonies should be no longer used, and that the “ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” should thenceforward be the style and title of the Union. On Saturday, the 15th November, 1777, Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union of the United States of America” were agreed to by the State delegates, subject to the ratification of the State legislatures severally. Eight of the States ratified these articles on the 9th July, 1778; one on the 21st July; one on the 24th July; one on the 26th November of the same year; one on the 22d February, 1779; and the last one on the 1st March, 1781. Here was a bond of union between thirteen independent States, whose delegates in Congress legislated for the general welfare, and executed certain powers so far as they were permitted by the articles aforesaid. The following are the names of the Presidents of the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1788: Peyton Randolph, Virginia. ... ..5th Sept., 1774. Henry Middleton, South Carolina. ..22d Oct., 1774. Peyton Randolph, Virginia.. ........ 10th May, 1775. John Hancock, Massachusetts .. ..24th May, 1776. Henry Laurens, South Carolina... 1st Nov., 1777. John Jay, New York....

10th Dec., 1778. Samuel Huntington, Connecticut. 28th Sept., 1779. Thomas McKean, Delaware.. .10th July, 1781. John Hanson, Maryland...

.5th Nov., 1781. Elias Boudinot, New Jersey.

4th

1782. Thomas Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

..3d

1783. Richard Henry Lee, Virginia.

.30th 1784. Nathaniel Gorham, Massachusetts.. 6th Jan., 1786. Arthur St. Clair, Pennsylvania. 2d Feb., 1787. Cyrus Griffin, Virginia..

..22d Jan., 1788. The seat of government was established as follows: At Philadelphia, Pa., commencing September 5, 1774, and May 10, 1775; at Baltimore, Md., December 20, 1776; at Philadelphia, Pa., March 4, 1717; at Lancaster, Pa., September 27, 1777; at York, Pa., September 30, 1777; at Philadelphia, Pa., July 2, 1778; at Princeton, N. J., June 30, 1783; at Annapolis, Md., November 26, 1783; at Trenton, N. J., November 1, 1784; and at New York City, N. Y., January 11, 1785.

On the 4th March, 1789, the present Constitution, which had been adopted by a convention and ratified by the requisite number of States, went into operation.

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