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The Homestead Act

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S. 416, The Homestead Act, June 20...
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S. 416, The Homestead Act, June 20, 1860

Congress passed this Homestead Act over Southern opposition in 1860, only to have President James Buchanan veto it. Within a year the South seceded and Abraham Lincoln, who supported the legislation, was president. In 1862 Speaker of the House Galusha A. Grow of Pennsylvania and Senator Andrew Johnson of Tennessee advanced a new Homestead Act into law.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration