The House of Representatives

The House of Representatives of the Thirty-Eighth Session of Congress

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65

An amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery introduced during the American Civil War.

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Sessions (84)

First day of House business; Representatives elect present credentials and are sworn in; Schuyler Colfax elected speaker.

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The Committee to Wait on the President is appointed; various Officers of the House are elected; notice is given of President Lincoln's address to Congress.

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President Lincoln's Annual Message is received, along with the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction; they are referred to the Committee of the Whole.

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Rev. William Henry Channing is elected Chaplain of the House.

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The newly elected Chaplain is sworn in; the Standing Committees are appointed by the Speaker; H. R. 14, H. R. 21, H. R. 24, and H. Res. 9 are first introduced and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; Mr. Fink, Mr. Harding, Mr. Wadsworth, and Mr. Holman present resolutions to the House.

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A Petition on the Missouri Contested Election is introduced and referred to the Committee of Elections; Mr. Stevens submits a Resolution to Create a Special Committee of Nine (the Committee on Rebellious States, to whom he proposes to refer passages from the President's address), which is passed.

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Mr. Rollins submits a Resolution on the Object of the War, which is laid over under the rules; the Committee on Rebellious States is appointed.

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Mr. Edgerton submits a Resolution on the Protection of Domestic Institutions, which is laid on the table.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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Mr. Rogers submits Resolutions on the Constitutional Protection of Domestic Institutions, which are laid on the table.

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Mr. Gordon N. Mott joins the House; H. R. 118 is first introduced and postponed.

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Francis P. Blair takes the Oath of Office.

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The First Resolution on the Dakota contested election is reported by the Committee of Elections, laid on the table and printed; H. R. 24 is reported by the Committee on the Judiciary without amendment and recommitted to the same.

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The First Resolution on the Dakota contested election is debated and finally adopted; William Jayne joins the House.

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Mr. Dawson submits a Resolution on External Interference with Local Laws and Institutions, which is laid on the table; the House refuses Mr. Davis unanimous consent to report H. R. 244; Mr. Harding submits a Resolution on the Maintenance Inviolate of Domestic Institutions, which is referred to the Committee on Rebellious States.

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Mr. Gooch is excused from membership of the Select Committee on Rebellious States; Mr. Boutwell is appointed in his place.

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Mr. McDowell submits Resolutions on the Rights of Citizens; Mr. Edgerton submits Resolutions Censuring the President's Actions; both are laid over under the rules.

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Mr. Blow announces the death of John W. Noell, a member elect to the present House from the State of Missouri.

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Mr. William H. Wallace of Idaho joins the House.

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Mr. Blair submits Resolutions on the Status and Rights of the Rebellious States; the House refuses to lay them on the table; they lie over under the rules.

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Mr. Windom submits a Joint Resolution Proposing an Emancipation Article to be Added to the Constitution, which is referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; Mr. Arnold submits a Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Abolish Slavery, which is adopted; H. R. 244 is reported from the Committee on Rebellious States and recommitted to the same.

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Mr. Davis moves to reconsider the vote by which H. R. 244 was recommitted.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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Mr. Morrison submits a Resolution on the Legal and Constitutional Protections of Slavery, which lies over under the rules.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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Mr. Rice submits a Resolution to Secure Equal Rights for Black Citizens, which lies over under the rules.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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The vote to recommit H. R. 244 is reconsidered and the bill is made the special order for after the disposition of the currency bill.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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Mr. Stevens introduces H. Res. 53, which is is read and amended; the death of Hon. Owen Lovejoy is announced.

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H. Res. 53 is taken up and its further consideration is postponed for two weeks; various representatives are granted leave to record their votes for or against the rejection of H. Res. 53.

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The House resolves itself into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union to debate the President's Annual Message.

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The Senate informs the House that they have passed S. Res. 16 and ask the concurrence of the House.

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Mr. Cravens submits Resolutions on the Dangers of Amending the Constitution, which lie over under the rules.

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Consideration of H. R. 244 is postponed until Tuesday next; consideration of H. Res. 53 is postponed for two weeks.

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H. R. 244 is debated; Mr. Ashley enters a motion to recommit it to the Committee on Rebellious States.

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H. R. 244 is debated; Mr. Stevens moves to offer a substitute for it but objection is made.

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H. R. 244 is debated.

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H. R. 244 is debated.

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Resolution on the Rights of Seceded States to Their Domestic Institutions is debated; Resolution on the Exercise of State Rights is debated, and then referred to the Committee on Rebellious States; H. R. 244 is debated.

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H. R. 244 is taken up and debated.

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H. R. 244 is taken up by the House and debated; Mr. Davis offers a substitute, which is adopted; Mr. Davis offers part of Mr. Stevens' substitute by way of a preamble, which is amended but eventually rejected.

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A message on the passage of H. R. 244 is sent to the Senate.

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The Committee of Elections submits a Report and Resolutions on the Missouri Contested Election.

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Mr. Dawson submits a Resolution on the Purpose of the War and the Protection of Domestic Institutions; it is debated and laid on the table.

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Mr. E. C. Ingersoll joins the House in replacement of Owen Lovejoy.

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Mr. Dawes from the Committee of Elections submits another Report on the Dakota Contested Election and Resolution on the Dakota Contested Election; the House lays them on the table and prints them.

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Resolution on the Object of the War is taken up by the House and debated; S. Res. 57 taken up by the House and it is debated and referred the Committee for the District of Columbia; the motion to refer S. Res. 57 is reconsidered.

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S. Res. 57 is taken up by the House and debated; a Message from the Senate is received on asking for concurrence a joint resolution for the revision of laws in the District of Columbia; S. Res. 16 taken up and debated.

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Mr. Scofield submits the Minority Report on the Dakota Contested Election, from the Committee of Election; it is laid on the table and printed.

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Mr. Ganson submitted the Minority Report on the Missouri Contested Election, from the Committee on Elections; it is laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

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Consideration of S. Res. 16 is postponed.

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Missouri Contested Election Resolutions are divided and adopted; Francis P. Blair leaves the House and Samuel Knox joins the House; Second Resolution on the Dakota Contested Election is called up.

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Resolution on Dakota Contested Election is taken up by the House; J. B. S. Todd joins the House, William Jayne leaves the House.

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The House takes up S. Res. 16 and it is debated.

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S. Res. 16 is taken up and debated by the House, and rejected.

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The House is informed H. R. 244 passed the Senate; it is taken up in the House and debated.

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The first session of the Thirty-Eighth Congress adjourns; Gordon N. Mott and Henry G. Stebbins leave the House; Committee on Enrolled Bills announces H. R. 244 was sent to the president; Message sent to Senate on enrollment of H. R. 244.

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Second session of the Thirty-eighth Congress convenes; Mr. Washburne submits the Resolution to Inform the Senate of the Assembly of the House and the Resolution to Create Committee to Wait Upon the President; Mr. Dawes submits the Resolution to Allow Louisiana Claimants to Occupy Seats.

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The President's Annual Message of the Second Session of the 38th Congress was presented, printed, and referred; more members entered the House.

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More members enter the House.

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More members enter the House.

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More members enter the House.

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More members join the House.

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More members join the House.

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More members join the House.

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More members join the House.

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Reuben Fenton leaves the House of Representatives; More members join the House.

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Henry G. Worthington joins the house as the representative from Nevada.

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More members join the House.

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James Allen joins the House; the House considers S. Res. 16.

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Brutus Clay and Chilton White join the House; the House continues to consider S. Res. 16.

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William Johnston joins the House; the House continues to consider S. Res. 16

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The House continues to consider S. Res. 16

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The House continues to consider S. Res. 16

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The House continues to consider S. Res. 16.

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The House continues to consider S. Res. 16.

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Wells A. Hutchins joins the House.

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The House decides to take up S. Res. 16 and the Motion to Reconsider on the next day.

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The House takes up and debates S. Res. 16.

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The House continues to consider S. Res. 16; it is passed.

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The House is informed of the enrollement of S. Res. 16, and informs the Senate.

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