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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1849
|Report of the Committee on the Judiciary with the views of the minority of that committee on bill S. 350, for the admission of California into the Union as a state
|15 January 1849
|United States. Congress. House.
|Downs, Solomon Weathersbee (1801-1854) Berrien, John MacPherson (1781-1856)
|Pamphlet; Government document
|Two reports against the case for admitting California to the Union, dealing with states' rights and federal jurisdiction. Berrien feels that the territory acquired in the treaty with Mexico is too large for a single state, and ponders the inevitable problems that would arise. Resolves that a territorial government be established for the part of California west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and for the territory of New Mexico west of the western boundary of Texas. Downs is concerned with the administration of California. Calls for a convention to draw up laws, and resolves that a district judge, attorney, and marshal will be appointed as overseers.
|Treaty Mexican War Latin and South America Global History and Civics Westward Expansion US Constitution Law Government and Civics Congress
|Berrien, John MacPherson (1781-1856) Downs, Solomon Weathersbee (1801-1854)
|Government & Politics; Westward Expansion; Foreign Affairs; The Mexican War; Law
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859