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

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up, and on the 24th passed, the vote being 26 to 11, 19 not voting. An act of August 1, 1892, virtually reënacted the act of 1868, with the further provision that the eight hours' work should be embraced in one calendar day, and with penalties for violation of the act.

REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XV, 77. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 40th Cong., 2d Sess., and the Cong. Globe. On the operation of the law see Senate Exec. Doc. 72, 42d Cong., 2d Sess.; Senate Reports 417 and 418, 45th Cong., 2d Sess.; House Report 520, 46th Cong., 2d Sess. See also Senate Report 948 and House Report 1267, 52d Cong., 1st Sess.; House Report 957, 55th Cong., 2d Sess.

An Act constituting eight Hours a Day's Work for all Laborers, Workmen, and Mechanics employed by or on behalf of the Government of the United States.

Be it enacted . . . , That eight hours shall constitute a day's work for all laborers, workmen, and mechanics now employed, or who may be hereafter employed, by or on behalf of the government of the United States; and that all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

APPROVED, June 25, 1868.


No. 71. Oath of Office
July 11, 1868

MARCH 5, 1868, the House having under consideration a resolution for the removal of the political disabilities of R. R. Butler, a representative-elect from Tennessee, the resolution, on motion of Dawes of Massachusetts, was recommitted to the Committee on Elections with instructions to report a general bill for the removal of such disabilities. The bill was reported the same day, and on the 6th passed. Subsequent amendments in the Senate and House were unimportant, and the yeas and nays were not called for. An act of February 15, 1871, allowed those who could not take the oath prescribed by the act of July 2, 1862, and who were not rendered ineligible to office by the Fourteenth Amendment, to take the oath prescribed by this act.

REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XV, 85. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 40th Cong., 2d Sess.

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