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Collection Reference Number GLC02683
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1797 
Title An act repealing tax on spirits
Date 3 March 1797
Author Dayton, Jonathan (1760-1824)  
Document Type Broadside; Government document
Content Description Printed by William Rose. An act in five sections. Announces the abolishment of duties on spirits as of 13 June 1797. Any distillery proprietors that do not meet the criteria set forth in section one of the act will be required to obtain a license and pay a certain amount per gallon depending on the capacity and content of each distillery. Furthermore, the act states that there will be a penalty of a fine equal to the amount for a license of six months, for anyone who engages in distilling without a license to do so.
Subjects Congress  Law  Government and Civics  Finance  Economics  Taxes or Taxation  Alcohol  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Whiskey Rebellion  
People Dayton, Jonathan (1760-1824)  Bingham, William (1752-1804)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Jonathan Dayton, (son of Elias Dayton), a Delegate, a Representative, and a Senator from New Jersey; born in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), N.J., October 16, 1760; graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1776; studied law; admitted to the bar; during the Revolutionary War served in the Third and later the Second New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Army 1776-1783, attaining the rank of captain; taken prisoner at Elizabethtown, N.J., and later exchanged; member, State general assembly 1786-1787, 1790, and served as speaker in 1790; delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787 and signed the Constitution; Delegate to the Continental Congress 1787-1788; member, State council 1790; elected to the Second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1791-March 3, 1799); Speaker of the House of Representatives (Fourth and Fifth Congresses); chairman, Committee on Elections (Third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1798, having become a candidate for the United States Senate; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1799, to March 3, 1805; was arrested in 1807 on the charge of conspiring with Aaron Burr in treasonable projects; subsequently released and never brought to trial; member, New Jersey assembly 1814-1815. Evans 32960.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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