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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Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Place the Representatives from Maryland on the Roll

People: Henry L. Dawes

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] and, being put, the resolution was adopted, amid renewed applause from the galleries.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Place the Representatives from Missouri on the Roll

People: Henry Winter Davis

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] and, being put, the resolution offered by Mr. Davis, of Maryland, was adopted.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Place John R. McBride on the Roll as Representative from Oregon

People: James A. Garfield

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] and, being put, the resolution was agreed to.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Place A. Carter Wilder on the Roll as Representative from Kansas

People: Frederick A. Pike

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] and, being put, the resolution was agreed to.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Place the Representatives from West Virginia on the Roll

People: Thaddeus Stevens

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 07 Dec 1863, 12:00

The resolution was adopted.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Create a Committee to Wait on the President

People: Elihu B. Washburne

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Grant Privilege of the Floor to Those Contesting Seats

People: John D. Stiles

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Appointment of the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills

People: Schuyler Colfax

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills – Amasa Cobb of Wisconsin, and Willian G. Steele of New Jersey.



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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 15 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution to Create a Special Committee of Nine

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 11 Jan 1864, 12:00

Credentials of Gordon N. Mott

People: Cornelius Cole


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

First Resolution on the Dakota Contested Election




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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 28 Mar 1864, 12:00

Resolutions on the Death of Owen Lovejoy and Consequent Adjournment

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 06 May 1864, 12:00

Resolution on the Missouri Contested Election

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 10 Jun 1864, 12:00

[Editors' note: The adoption of both divided resolutions is the adoption of the full resolution.]




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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 02 Jul 1864, 12:00

Appointment of the Committee of Conference on H. R. 244





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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

Message from the Senate



Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

Appointment of the Committee to Wait Upon the President

People: Schuyler Colfax

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

Resolution to Allow Louisiana Claimants to Occupy Seats

People: Henry L. Dawes

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

The resolution, as modified, was agreed to.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1864, 00:00

Resolutions to Refer Parts of President's Annual Message

People: Thaddeus Stevens

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1864, 00:00

No objection being made, the resolutions presented by Mr. Stevens were read and agreed to, as follows:


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 12 Dec 1864, 00:00

Message on the Resignation of Mr. Fenton

People: Schuyler Colfax

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 12 Dec 1864, 00:00

RESIGNATION OF A MEMBER. The SPEAKER laid before the House the following communication, which was read:


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 09 Dec 1863, 12:00

President's Annual Message to Congress


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution on Established Institutions and the Conduct of the War

People: William E. Finck

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

The SPEAKER. The resolution then goes over.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolutions on the Protection of the Established Institutions of the States

People: William S. Holman


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 16 Dec 1863, 12:00

Appointment of the Select Committee on Rebellious States

People: Schuyler Colfax


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 17 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution on the Protection of Domestic Institutions

People: Joseph K. Edgerton


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 11 Jan 1864, 12:00

H. R. 118

People: Thaddeus Stevens

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 11 Jan 1864, 12:00

[...] and postponed until the second Tuesday in February.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

First Report on the Dakota Contested Election


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 25 Jan 1864, 12:00

Resolutions on the Rights of Citizens

People: James F. McDowell

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 25 Jan 1864, 12:00

The SPEAKER. The resolutions go over under the rule.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 25 Jan 1864, 12:00

Resolutions Censuring the President's Actions

People: Joseph K. Edgerton

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 25 Jan 1864, 12:00

The SPEAKER. Then they go over, under the rule.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Feb 1864, 12:00

Resolutions on the Status and Rights of the Rebellious States

People: Jacob B. Blair

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Feb 1864, 12:00

The resolution was then laid over, under the rules.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 29 Feb 1864, 12:00

Resolution on the Legal and Constitutional Protections of Slavery

People: William R. Morrison


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Mar 1864, 12:00

Resolution to Secure Equal Rights for Black Citizens

People: John H. Rice


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 28 Mar 1864, 12:00

H. Res. 53

People: Thaddeus Stevens


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 11 Apr 1864, 12:00

Resolutions on the Dangers of Amending the Constitution

People: James A. Cravens

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 11 Apr 1864, 12:00

The SPEAKER. Then the resolutions go over, under the rule.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 06 May 1864, 12:00

Report on the Missouri Contested Election


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 24 May 1864, 12:00

Second Report on the Dakota Contested Election


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 24 May 1864, 12:00

Second Resolution on the Dakota Contested Election


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Jun 1864, 12:00

Minority Report on the Dakota Contested Election

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Jun 1864, 12:00

[...] which was laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 02 Jun 1864, 12:00

Minority Report on Missouri Contested Election


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 06 Dec 1864, 12:00

President's Annual Message to Congress: Second Session


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 20 Dec 1864, 12:00

H. R. 602

Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Message to the Senate


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Credentials of Messrs. Segar, Kitchen and Chandler

People: Henry L. Dawes


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Pennsylvania Contested Election: Mr. Carrigan

People: Samuel J. Randall

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] which were referred to the Committee of Elections.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Pennsylvania Contested Election: Mr. Kline

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 08 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] which were referred to the Committee of Elections.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 09 Dec 1863, 12:00

Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 10 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Missouri Contested Election: Thomas L. Price

People: William A. Hall


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 10 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Missouri Contested Election: Mr. Bruce


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

H. R. 14

People: James M. Ashley


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

H. R. 21

People: Owen Lovejoy


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

H. R. 22

People: Owen Lovejoy


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

H. R. 24

People: Isaac N. Arnold


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

H. Res. 9

People: James F. Wilson


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Kentucky Contested Election: Mr. McHenry


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 14 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution on the Exercise of State Rights

People: William H. Wadsworth



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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 15 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Massachusetts Contested Election: Mr. Sleeper

People: Henry L. Dawes

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 16 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Missouri Contested Election: Mr. Lindsay

People: Henry T. Blow

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 16 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] which was referred to the Committee of Elections.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 16 Dec 1863, 12:00

Resolution on the Object of the War

People: James S. Rollins


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 17 Dec 1863, 12:00

Memorial on Maryland Contested Election: Mr. Crisfield

People: Schuyler Colfax

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 17 Dec 1863, 12:00

[...] which were referred to the Committee of Elections.


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

Papers on Missouri Contested Election Case

People: Henry L. Dawes

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

[...] which were referred to the Committee of Elections.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

H. R. 24

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 13 Jan 1864, 12:00

Ordered, That the said bill be printed and recommitted to the said committee.


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 18 Jan 1864, 12:00

H. R. 244

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 04 May 1864, 12:00

[Editors' note: H. R. 244 is sent to the Senate.]


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 18 Jan 1864, 12:00

Resolution on the Maintenance Inviolate of Domestic Institutions

People: Aaron Harding


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 15 Feb 1864, 12:00

Joint Resolution Proposing an Emancipation Article to Be Added to the Constitution

People: William Windom


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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 09 Apr 1864, 12:00

S. Res. 16

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 30 May 1864, 12:00

S. Res. 57

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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Jun 1864, 12:00

S. Res. 57

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Jun 1864, 12:00

[Editors' note: S. Res. 57 is sent to the Senate for signature.]



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United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 02 Jul 1864, 12:00

H. R. 244



Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 02 Jul 1864, 12:00

H. R. 244

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 02 Jul 1864, 12:00

[Editors' note: H. R. 244 is sent to the Senate for signature.]




Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

Credentials of W. D. Mann, T. M. Wells, Robert W. Taliaferro, A. P. Field, and M. F. Bonzano

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 05 Dec 1864, 12:00

[...] and referred to the Committee of Elections.


Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 15 Dec 1864, 00:00

H. R. 602

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 15 Dec 1864, 00:00

[...] and recommitted to the same committee.



Creator event:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Feb 1865, 12:00

S. Res. 16

Last decision:

United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, Date: 01 Feb 1865, 12:00

[Editors' note: S. Res. 16 is sent to the Senate for signature.]