United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/4th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 47
Ante, p. 106
Whereas by the acceptance of the deed of cession of the state of North Carolina, Congress are bound to lay out into one or more states, the territory thereby ceded to the United States:
Certain territory declared to be one state under the name of Tennessee.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the whole of the territory ceded to the United States by the state of North Carolina, shall be one state, and the same is hereby declared to be one of the United States of America, on an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatever, by the name and title of the State of Tennessee. That until the next general census, the said state of Tennessee shall be entitled to one Representative in the House of Representatives of the United States; and in all other respects, as far as they may be applicable, the laws of the United States shall extend to,1802, ch. 1. and have force in the state of Tennessee, in the same manner, as if that state had originally been one of the United States.
Approved, June 1, 1796.