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United States Statutes at Large
Public Acts of the Fourth Congress
The Fourth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, consisting of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met at Congress Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1797, during the last two years of George Washington's Presidency. The apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives was based on the First Census of the United States in 1790. The Senate had a Federalist majority, and the House had a Democratic-Republican majority.— Excerpted from 4th United States Congress on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.Excerpted from 4th United States Congress on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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1st Session[edit]

Public Laws[edit]

ACTS OF THE FOURTH CONGRESS

of the

UNITED STATES

Passed at the first session, which was begun and held at the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the seventh day of December, 1795, and ended on the first of June, 1796.

George Washington, President; John Adams, Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate; Samuel Livermore, President of the Senate pro tempore; Jonathan Dayton, Speaker of the House of Representatives.


  Chapter Title Date
1 Chapter I. An Act making Appropriations for the Support of Government, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. Feb. 5, 1796
2 Chapter II. An Act further extending the time for receiving on Loan the Domestic Debt of the United States. Feb. 19, 1796
3 Chapter III. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. Feb. 26, 1796
4 Chapter IV. An Act for allowing compensation to the members of the Senate and of Representatives of the United States, and to certain officers of both Houses. March 10, 1796
5 Chapter V. An Act providing relief, for a limited lime, in certain cases of invalid Registers. March 10, 1796
6 Chapter VI. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 10, 1796
7 Chapter VII. An Act making a partial appropriation for the support of the Military establishment, for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. March 12, 1796
8 Chapter VIII. An Act for the relief of certain officers and soldiers who have been wounded or disabled in the actual service of the United States. March 23, 1796
9 Chapter IX. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 23, 1796
10 Chapter X. An Act making certain provisions in regard to the Circuit Court, for the district of North Carolina. March 31, 1796
11 Chapter XI. An Act to continue in force “An act to ascertain the fees in Admiralty proceedings in the District Courts of the United States, and for other purposes.” March 31, 1796
12 Chapter XII. An Act authorizing the erection of a Lighthouse on Baker’s Island, in the state of Massachusetts. April 8, 1796
13 Chapter XIII. An Act for establishing Trading Houses with the Indian Tribes. April 18, 1796
14 Chapter XIV. An Act supplementary to an act entitled “An act to provide a Naval Armament.” April 20, 1796
15 Chapter XV. An Act authorizing and directing the Secretary at War to place certain Persons, therein named, on the Pension List. April 20, 1796
16 Chapter XVI. An Act in addition to an act intituled “An act making further provision for the support of Public Credit, and for the redemption of the Public Debt.” April 28, 1796
17 Chapter XVII. An Act making an Appropriation towards defraying the Expenses which may arise in carrying into effect the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation, made between the United States and the King of Great Britain. May 6, 1796
18 Chapter XVIII. An Act making an appropriation for defraying the expenses which may arise in carrying into effect the Treaty made between the United States and the King of Spain. May 6, 1796
19 Chapter XIX. An Act making an appropriation for defraying the expenses which may arise in carrying into effect the Treaty made between the United States and the Dey and Regency of Algiers. May 6, 1796
20 Chapter XX. An Act making Appropriations for defraying the Expenses which may arise in carrying into effect a Treaty made between the United States and certain Indian Tribes, northwest of the river Ohio. May 6, 1796
21 Chapter XXI. An Act authorizing a Loan for the use of the City of Washington, in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes therein mentioned. May 6, 1796
22 Chapter XXII. An Act making further provision relative to the Revenue Cutters. May 6, 1796
23 Chapter XXIII. An Act to continue in force, for a limited time, an act intituled “An act declaring the consent of Congress to an act of the State of Maryland, passed the twenty-eighth of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three, for the appointment of a Health Officer.” May 6, 1796
24 Chapter XXIV. An Act to repeal so much of an act intituled “An act to establish the judicial courts of the United States,” as directs that alternate sessions of the Circuit Court for the district of Pennsylvania shall be holden at Yorktown; and for other purposes. May 6, 1796
25 Chapter XXV. An Act allowing compensation for Horses killed in battle belonging to officers of the army of the United States. May 12, 1796
26 Chapter XXVI. An Act declaring the consent of Congress to a certain Act of the State of Maryland, and to continue an act declaring the assent of Congress to certain Acts of the States of Maryland, Georgia and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, so far as the same respects the States of Georgia, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. May 12, 1796
27 Chapter XXVII. An Act authorizing the erection of a Lighthouse on Cape Cod, in the State of Massachusetts. May 17, 1796
28 Chapter XXVIII. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. May 17, 1796
29 Chapter XXIX. An Act providing for the Sale of the Lands of the United States, in the territory northwest of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river. May 18, 1796
30 Chapter XXX. An Act to regulate Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes, and to Preserve Peace on the Frontiers. May 19, 1796
31 Chapter XXXI. An Act relative to Quarantine. May 27, 1796
32 Chapter XXXII. An Act altering the Compensation of the Accountant of the War Department. May 27, 1796
33 Chapter XXXIII. An Act respecting the Mint. May 27, 1796
34 Chapter XXXIV. An Act altering the Sessions of the Circuit Courts in the Districts of Vermont and Rhode Island; and for other purposes. May 27, 1796
35 Chapter XXXV. An Act in addition to an act intituled “An act supplementary to the act, intituled An act to provide more effectually for the Collection of the Duties on Goods, Wares and Merchandise imported into the United States, and on the Tonnage of Ships or Vessels.” May 27, 1796
36 Chapter XXXVI. An Act for the relief and protection of American Seamen. May 28, 1796
37 Chapter XXXVII. An Act laying duties on Carriages for the conveyance of persons; and repealing the former act for that purpose. May 28, 1796
38 Chapter XXXVIII. An Act for the relief of persons imprisoned for Debt. May 28, 1796
39 Chapter XXXIX. An Act to ascertain and fix the Military Establishment of the United States. May 30, 1796
40 Chapter XL. An Act to regulate the Compensation of Clerks. May 30, 1796
41 Chapter XLI. An Act making further provision for the expenses attending the intercourse of the United States with foreign nations; and to continue in force the act, intituled “An act providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations. May 30, 1796
42 Chapter XLII. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. May 30, 1796
43 Chapter XLIII. An Act to continue in force, for a limited time, the acts therein mentioned. May 30, 1796
44 Chapter XLIV. An Act making provision for the payment of certain Debts of the United States. May 31, 1796
45 Chapter XLV. An Act providing Passports for the ships and vessels of the United States. June 1, 1796
46 Chapter XLVI. An Act regulating the grants of land appropriated for Military services, and for the Society of the United Brethren, for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen. June 1, 1796
47 Chapter XLVII. An Act for the admission of the State of Tennessee into the Union. June 1, 1796
48 Chapter XLVIII. An Act making an appropriation to satisfy certain Demands attending the late Insurrection; and to increase the compensation to Jurors and Witnesses in the Courts of the United States. June 1, 1796
49 Chapter XLIX. An Act limiting the time for the allowance of Drawback on the Exportation of Domestic distilled Spirits, and allowing a Drawback upon such Spirits exported in vessels of less than thirty tons, by the Mississippi. June 1, 1796
50 Chapter L. An Act making further appropriations for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. June 1, 1796
51 Chapter LI. An Act making appropriations for the support of the Military and Naval Establishments for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. June 1, 1796
52 Chapter LII. An Act providing relief to the owners of Stills within the United States, for a limited time, in certain cases. June 1, 1796
53 Chapter LIII. An Act to suspend, in part, the act intituled “An act to alter and amend the act intituled An act laying certain duties upon Snuff and refined Sugar.” June 1, 1796
54 Chapter LIV. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. June 1, 1796

Public Resolutions[edit]

Resolution Date
Resolution 1. April 18, 1796

2nd Session[edit]

Public Laws[edit]

ACTS OF THE FOURTH CONGRESS

of the

UNITED STATES

Passed at the second session, which was begun and held at the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the fifth day of December, 1796, and ended on the third of March, 1797.

George Washington, President; John Adams, Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate; William Bingham, President of the Senate pro tempore, from March 2d, 1797; Jonathan Dayton, Speaker of the House of Representatives.


  Chapter Title Date
1 Chapter I. An Act act to amend the act intituled “An act for the more general promulgation of the Laws of the United States.” Dec. 21, 1796
2 Chapter II. An Act giving effect to the Laws of the United States, within the State of Tennessee. Jan. 31, 1797
3 Chapter III. An Act to augment the Compensation of the Attorney General of the United States. March 2, 1797
4 Chapter IV. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 2, 1797
5 Chapter V. An Act to continue in force for a limited time, the act, in addition to the act, for the punishment of certain crimes against the United States. March 2, 1797
6 Chapter VI. An Act making provision for the further accommodation of the household of the President of the United States. March 2, 1797
7 Chapter VII. An Act, in addition to an act, intituled “An act concerning the registering and recording of ships or vessels,” and to an act, intituled “An act for enrolling and licensing ships and vessels employed in the coasting trade and fisheries, and for regulating the same.” March 2, 1797
8 Chapter VIII. An Act making appropriations for the support of Government, for the year one thousand seven hundred ninety-seven. March 3, 1797
9 Chapter IX. An Act relative to the Compensations and Duties of certain Officers employed in the collection of impost and tonnage. March 3, 1797
10 Chapter X. An Act for raising a further sum of money, by additional duties on certain articles imported, and for other purposes. March 3, 1797
11 Chapter XI. An Act repealing in part, the “Act concerning the Duties on spirits distilled within the United States,” passed the eight of May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two; and imposing certain Duties on the capacity of Stills of a particular description. March 3, 1797
12 Chapter XII. An Act authorizing the President of the United States to apply a further sum to the expense of Negotiations with the Dey and Regency of Algiers. March 3, 1797
13 Chapter XIII. An Act to provide for mitigating or remitting the Forfeitures, Penalties and Disabilities accruing in certain cases therein mentioned. March 3, 1797
14 Chapter XIV. An Act to authorize the receipt of evidences of the Public Debt, in payment for the Lands of the United States. March 3, 1797
15 Chapter XV. An Act to alter the time for the next meeting of Congress. March 3, 1797
16 Chapter XVI. An Act to amend and repeal, in part, the Act intituled “An Act to ascertain and fix the Military Establishment of the United States.” March 3, 1797
17 Chapter XVII. An Act making appropriations for the Military and Naval establishments for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven. March 3, 1797
18 Chapter XVIII. An Act to suspend, in part, the Act, intituled “An act to alter and amend the Act, intituled An Act laying certain duties upon Snuff and refined Sugar,” and to grant relief in certain cases arising under the said Act. March 3, 1797
19 Chapter XIX. An Act in addition to the act intituled “An act to establish the Post-Office and Post Roads within the United States.” March 3, 1797
20 Chapter XX. An Act to provide more effectually for the Settlement of Accounts between the United States, and Receivers of public Money. March 3, 1797
21 Chapter XXI. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 3, 1797
22 Chapter XXII. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 3, 1797
23 Chapter XXIII. An Act authorizing an expenditure and making an appropriation for the Prosecution of the Claims of certain Citizens of the United States, for Property captured by the belligerent Powers. March 3, 1797
24 Chapter XXIV. An Act providing for certain Buoys, to be placed in and near the Harbor of Boston. March 3, 1797
25 Chapter XXV. An Act extending the time for receiving on Loan the Domestic Debt of the United States. March 3, 1797
26 Chapter XXVI. An Act to revive and continue the act, passed the thirtieth of May, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, intituled “An act to regulate the compensation of Clerks.” March 3, 1797
27 Chapter XXVII. An Act concerning the Circuit Courts of the United States. March 3, 1797
28 Chapter XXVIII. See Private Acts of the Fourth Congress in Volume 6. March 3, 1797

Public Resolutions[edit]

Resolution Date
Resolution 1. March 2, 1797
Resolution 2. March 3, 1797