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Madison, James (1751-1836) to Congress

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03879 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 3 March 1812 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20 x 15 cm.

Summary of Content: Transmits the proceedings of a convention assembled in New Orleans pursuant to an act "for the admission of the said State into the Union on an equal footing with the original States." Louisiana became a state on 30 April 1812.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsLouisiana PurchaseStatehoodLaw

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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