ACTS OF THE THIRTEENTH CONGRESS
James Madison, President; Elbridge Gerry, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate; John Gaillard, President of the Senate, pro tempore, from the first of December, 1814; Langdon Cheves, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Elective franchise defined.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That each and every free white male person, being a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of twenty-one years, and who shallhave paid a county or territorial tax, and who also shall have resided one year in said territory previous to any general election, and be at the time of any such election a resident thereof, shall be entitled to vote for members of the House of Representatives, and a delegate to Congress, for the territory aforesaid: any thing in the ordinance or in any act relative to the government of said territory to the contrary notwithstanding.
Additional members for the legislative council to be appointed.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the House of Representatives of the territory aforesaid be, and they hereby are authorized, to nominate eight persons, being citizens of the United States, to the President of the United States, four of whom shall be appointed members of the legislative council for said territory, in addition to the number already provided by any act or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding.
Approved, October 25, 1814.
- An act to enable the people of the western part of the Mississippi territory to form a constitution and state government, and for the admission of such state into the union on an equal footing with the original states, March 1, 1817, ch. 23.
- See notes of acts relating to the sale of public lands north-west of the river Ohio, vol. i. 464.