U.S. Department of State: A Reference History

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Appendix I
Principal Statutes and Executive Orders concerning the Department of State and the Foreign Service

Not including periodic Department of State fiscal authorization and appropriations acts or acts concerning the domestic functions of the Department of State and their transfer to other agencies of the U.S. Government.

Act of July 27, 1789 [First Constitutive Foreign Affairs Statute] (1 Stat. 28) -- Establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, which had previously been created by resolution of the Continental Congress on Jan. 10, 1781 ( Journals of the Continental Congress, 19: 43).

Act of Sept. 15, 1789 [Department of State Creation Act] (1 Stat. 68) -- Establishing the Department of State and the Office of Secretary of State, to supersede the Department and Secretary of Foreign Affairs; continuing the use of the Great Seal previously employed by the Continental Congress; making the Secretary of State responsible for the custody of, and affixing, the Great Seal of the United States to important U.S. documents (which, under the Confederation, had been the responsibility of the Secretary of the Continental Congress); and authorizing the devisement, subject to the approval of the President, of a Department of State seal for its documents.

Act of July 1, 1790 (1 Stat. 128) -- Authorizing the sum of $40,000 annually for the expenses of foreign intercourse, fixing the salaries of diplomatic officers, and authorizing Secretaries for American Ministers abroad.

Act of Apr. 14, 1792 (1 Stat. 254) -- First organic enactment defining the powers and functions of consular officers.

Act of Jan. 30, 1799 [ Logan Act] (1 Stat. 613) -- Prohibiting unauthorized citizens from assuming diplomatic functions, amended by Act of June 25, 1948 (62 Stat. 744) and Act of Sept. 13, 1994 (109 Stat. 2147); U.S. Code, Title 18, sec. 953.

Acts of Feb. 28, 1803, Apr. 20, 1818, and Mar. 1, 1823 (2 Stat. 202 and 433, and 3 Stat. 729) -- Enlarging the duties and functions of consular officers.

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