Select Statutes and Other Documents: Illustrative of the History of the United States, 1861-1898

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shall be preserved among the files of the court, House of Congress, or Department to which the said office may appertain. And any person who shall falsely take the said oath shall be guilty of perjury, and on conviction, in addition to the penalties now prescribed for that offence, shall be deprived of his office and rendered incapable forever after of holding any office or place under the United States.

APPROVED, July 2, 1862.


No. 23. Election of Representatives by Districts
July 14, 1862

A BILL to provide for the election of Representatives to Congress by single districts was introduced in the House, June 16, 1862, by Henry L. Dawes of Massachusetts, with the object, it was stated, of making permanent the provisions of a temporary act of 1842. On the 24th, by a vote of 59 to 46, an amendment excepting California was agreed to, the legislature of California having adjourned without districting the State; and by a vote of 69 to 36 the bill was passed. The Senate, July 12, added as an amendment the proviso relating to Illinois, in which the House concurred.

REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XII, 572. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 37th Cong., 2d Sess., and the Cong. Globe.

An Act in relation to the Election of Representatives to Congress by single Districts.

Be it enacted . . ., That in each State entitled in the next and any succeeding Congress to more than one representative, the number to which such State is or may be hereafter entitled shall be elected by districts composed of contiguous territory, equal in number to the number of representatives to which said State may be entitled in the Congress for which said election is held, no one district electing more than one representative: Provided, That the provisions of this act shall not apply to the State of California so far as it may affect the election of representatives to the thirty-eighth Congress: And provided, further, That in the election of repre

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