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

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on the 12th passed the House by a vote of 85 to 50. The Senate, June 9, amended the House bill by substituting the text of the act as passed, the vote being 28 to 10. On the 17th the House concurred in the Senate amendment, and on the 19th the act was approved. The prohibition of the act was incorporated in the later acts organizing the Territories of Arizona and Idaho.

REFERENCES. --Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XII, 432. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 37th Cong., 2d Sess., and the Cong. Globe.

An Act to secure Freedom to all Persons within the Territories of the United States.

Be it enacted . . ., That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.

APPROVED, June 19, 1862.


No. 21. Anti-Polygamy Act
July 1, 1862

A BILL to prevent and punish polygamy in the Territories, and annulling certain acts of the legislative assembly of Utah, was introduced in the House by unanimous consent, April 8, 1862, by Morrill of Vermont. The bill was said to be identical with a bill relating to the same subject which had passed the House April 5, 1860, save that the earlier bill did not include the District of Columbia. The bill passed the House April 28. The Senate Committee on Judiciary, alleging that the bill went farther than the punishment of polygamy, reported a substitute, which was agreed to June 3 by a vote of 37 to 2. On the 24th the House concurred in the Senate amendment, and July 1 the act was approved.

REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XII, 501, 502. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 37th Cong., 2d Sess., and the Cong. Globe. There was no important debate in the House. On the bill of April 5, 1860, see House Report 83, 36th Cong., 1st Sess.; see also House Report 27, 39th Cong., 2d Sess. On this and later acts see Linn, Story of the Mormons, chap. 24. On the scope of the act see Reynolds v. United States, 98U.S. Reports, 145; Miles v. United States, 103ibid., 304.

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