United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/18th Congress/2nd Session/Chapter 98

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March 3, 1825.
Chap. XCVIII.—An Act for the continuation of the Cumberland road.[1]

Act of May 15, 1820, ch. 123.
150,000 dollars appropriated for opening a road from the town of Canton in Ohio, on the right bank of the Ohio river, to the Muskingum river, at Zanesville, in said state.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, of moneys not otherwise appropriated, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the purpose of opening and making a road from the town of Canton, in the state of Ohio, on the right bank of the Ohio river, opposite the town of Wheeling, to the Muskingum river, at Zanesville, in said state; which said sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars shall be replaced out of the fund reserved for laying out and making roads under the direction of Congress, by the several acts passed for the admission of the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, into the Union, on an equal footing with the original states.

Some fit person to be appointed as superintendent of said road.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, for the immediate accomplishment of this object, the President, with the advice of the Senate, shall appoint some fit person as the superintendent of said road, whose duty it shall be, under the direction of the President, to divide the same into sections of not more than ten miles each; to contract for and personally superintend the opening and making the said road, as well as to receive, disburse, and faithfully account with the treasury for all sums of moneys by him receive in virtue of this act.

The superintendent not to be interested, directly or indirectly, in the avails of any contracts made by him as aforesaid, and to hold his office during the pleasure of the President.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the superintendent shall not be interested, directly, or indirectly, in the avails, of any contracts to to be made by him as aforesaid: That he shall, before he enters upon the discharge of the duties enjoined by this act, execute a bond to the United States, with security, to be approved of by the Secretary of the Treasury, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his duties prescribed by this act: That he shall hold his office during the pleasure of the President, and shall receive at the rate of fifteen hundred dollars per annum for his services, during the time he may be employed in the discharge of the duties required by this act.

A commissioner to be appointed.Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered to appoint one impartial and judicious person, not being a citizen of either of the states through which the road hereinafter mentioned, shall pass, to be a commissioner; and, in case of the death, resignation, refusal to act, or any disability of any such commissioner, to appoint another in his stead, who shall have power, according to the provisions of the act, entitledAct of May 15, 1820, ch. 123.An act to authorize the appointment of commissioners to lay out the road therein mentioned,” approved, May the fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and twenty, to complete the examination and survey heretofore commenced by virtue of the provisions of said act, and to extend the same to the permanent seat of government of the state of Missouri; the said road to conform, in all respects, to the provisions of the said recited act, except that it shall pass by the seat of government of the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, and the said commissioner and the person employed under him, shall receive the same compensation for their services, respectively, as is allowed by the said recited act,Proviso. Provided, however, That the said road shall commence at Zanesville, in the state of Ohio: and to defray the expense thereof, the sum of ten thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, out of the appropriation made by the first section of this act.

Approved, March 3, 1825.


  1. For acts of Congress relating to the Cumberland road, see vol. iii 357.