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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) [Act of Congress calling for the first census in Rhode Island]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06020 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Printed document signed Date: 5 July 1790 Pagination: 1 p. ; 30.6 x 19.1 cm.

Summary of Content: An act declaring that the act calling for the first census was applicable to Rhode Island, which had not yet ratified the Constitution when the first session of Congress began. Rhode Island's ratification occurred on 29 May 1790. Jefferson signed as Secretary of State.

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Government and CivicsPresidentUS ConstitutionCensusCongressLawRatification

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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