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Regulations relative to the admission of cadets into military academy by B.F. Butler, Secretary of War, February 15, 1837

Congress strove for political fairness when it established regulations for admission of cadets into U.S. military academies. By basing distribution on congressional districts, Congress allowed individuals from every state to achieve careers as officers in the U.S. armed forces.

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…the appointments are made from among the applicants …so as to give one Cadet to each Congressional District.

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