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RECONSTRUCTION — TENNESSEE.
CITIZENS OF TENNESSEE,
That the present State organization of Tennessee may be recognized and its
FEBRUARY 13, 1866.- Referred to the Joint Select Committee on Reconstruction. March 5, 1866.-Reported from the Select Committee on Reconstruction, ordered to be
printed, and recommitted to the Committee on Reconstruction.
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States in Congress
assembled : The undersigned, citizens of the United States and of the State of Tennessee, beg leave, respectfully, to represent that by the operations of the recent rebellion the governing officers of their State abdicated their respective posts, and left the government without agents to carry it on. In this attitude of affairs one of our citizens, Andrew Johnson, was, on the 3d of March, 1862, by the President of the United States, appointed military governor of the State, which office he continued to hold until the 3d of March, 1865.
To remedy this state of things, the loyal people of the State, by their delegates, on the 8th of January, 1865, assembled in convention at the capitol, in the city of Nashville, “to take such steps as wisdom might direct to restore the the State of Tennessee to its once honored status in the great national Union."
Certain amendments were proposed to our admirable State constitution, made necessary, in the opinion of the convention, by the altered relations of slavery, and by the action of persons engaged in the rebellion, who had temporarily usurped the machinery of the State government, and by the vacancy of the several State offices, for the filling of which there was no present provision of law. These amendments the convention submitted to the vote of their constituents on the 22d of February, 1865, and they were by them adopted. While this proceeding met with the concurrence and co-operation of the military governor, it was the spontaneous action of the loyal people themselves.
Having thus provided for the reorganization of the government under her pre-existing constitution so amended, the work was completed by the election of a governor and legislature on the 4th of March following, who, on the 3d ot April, entered upon the duties of their respective offices.
A copy of the several amendments, incorporated into the organic law of the
The government so organized has had unresisted and uninterrupted jurisdic-
The undersigned respectfully submit that the said government is republican
W. B. STOKES.
ACTS OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF
(Published by authority.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
CHAPTER XXXII.-An act to declare and make valid certain acts of certain officers of this State.
purposes. CHAPTER XXXVII.-An act to change the eleventh, twelfth, and fourteenth judicial circuits of this State
and for other purposes.
CHAPTER I.-An aet for the benefit of J. G. Frazer, clerk of the supreme court for the middle district of
Tennessee. CHAPTER II.-An act to incorporate the East Tennessee Iron, Coal, and Petroleum Company. CHAPTER III.-An act to incorporate the Raulston Oil and Salt Company. CHAPTER 1V.-An act to develope the various oil and mineral interests of the State of Tennessee, and for
other purposes. CHAPTER V.-An act to incorporate the Bridgeman Oil and Salt Company. CHAPTER VI.-An act to charter the Tennessee Express Company, CHAPTER VII.-An act to incorporate the Memphis Ladies' Institute, of Memphis, Tennessee. CHAPTER VIII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Colonial Company for the purpose of promoting emi.
gration, to establish vineyards, develope the mineral and other resources of the State of Tennessee. CHAPTER IX.-An act to incorporate the Cairo and New Orleans Pilot's Benevolent Association. CHAPTER X.-An act incorporating the Great Southwestern Oil and Mining Company. CHAPTER XI.-An act to change a railroud fund into a county fund for Blount county. CHAPTER XII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Fire and Marine Insurance Company. CHAPTER XIII.-An act to incorporate a literary society of Nashville, known as the " Agoomen Club." CHAPTER XIV.-An act to authorize and instruct the comptroller of the treasury to audit, and the treasurer
to pay the salary due the Hon. Samuel D. Frierson, chancellor. CHAPTER XV.-An act to annend an act passed on the 26th of February, 1958, entitled "An act to charter the
Cleveland and Ducktown railroad. CHAPTER XVI.-An act to incorporate the Nashville Barbers' Association. CHAPTER XVII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Oil, Mining, and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XVIII.-An act to incorporate the Memphis City Railroad Company. CHAPTER XIX.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee and Kentucky Petroleum, Mining, and Manufacturing
Company, and for other purposes. CHAPTER XX.-An act to amend an act authorizing John C. Haley to establish a turnpike road, passed
October 28, 1633. CHAPTER XXI.--An act to incorporate the Memphis and Pound City Arkansas Steam Packet Company of
Mempbir. CHAPTER XXII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee Mountain Petroleum and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXIII.-An act to incorporate the East Tennessee Union Petroleum, Coal, Iron, and Salt Company. CHAPTER XXIV.-An act to incorporate the Manchesterand Barren Fork Mining and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XXV.-An act to amend an act entitled “An act to incorporate the East Tennessee and Virginia
Railroad Company," passed the 27th day of January, 1848. CHAPTER XXVI. -An act to incorporate the Tennessee Mining and Manufacturing Company. CHAPTER XXVII.-An act to incorporate the Tennessee and Cumberland Oil and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXVIII.-An act to charter the East Tennessee Female College. CHAPTER XXIX.-An act to change the line between the counties of Anderson and Campbell. CHAPTER XXX.-An act to incorporate the Cumberland Basin Petroleum and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXXI.-An act to incorporate the Cumberland Mining and Petroleum Company, and for other
purposes. CHAPTER XXXII.-An act to incorporate the United Hebrew Brethren Benefit Society of Memphis. CHAPTER XXXIII. -An act to encourage the planting, improvement, and other interests of the State of Ten
nessee, and for other purposes. CHAPTER XXXIV.-An act to incorporate the New York and Tennessee Petroleum and Mining Company. CHAPTER XXXV.-An act to recharter the Tennessee Marine and Fire Insurance Company.
RESOLUTIONS. XUBBER L-Joint resolution to compare the vote for governor. NUMBER II.-A joint resolution of respect to the memory of Hon. Samuel K. McCammon. NUMBER III.-Senate resolution to print rules for its government. NUMBER IV.-Senate resolution fixing number of papers to be taken by members. NUMBER 1.-Senate resolution inviting General Thomas to a seat in the senate. NUMBER VI. -Senate revolution to open the senate with prayer. NUMBER VII.-Joint resolution to notify the governor of his election. NUMBER VIII.-- Joint resolution to ineet in convention to inaugurate the governor. NUMBER IX.-Joint resolution adopting the amendments of the Constitution ef the United States abolishing
slavery. XUBER X.-A joint resolution tendering the thanks of the general assembly of the State of Tennessee to
General Thomay. NUMBER XI.-Joint resolution tendering the thanks of the loyal people of Tennessee to the legislature of Ohio. NUMBER XII.-- Joint resolution directing the State treasurer to pay to members of the legislature the amount
due them. NUMBER XIIL.-Joint resolution to elect a secretary of state. NUMBER XIV.-Joint resolution to raise a commitiee on the State library. NUMBER XV.-Joint resolution to appoint a joint committee of the two houses to report joint rules and regu.
lations for the government of both houses. NUMBER XVI.-Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to redistrict the State. NUMBER XVII.-Joint resolution to appoint a committee to investigate the past and present condition and
management of the penitentiary. NUMBER XVIII. ---Joint resolution appointing a committee to report what action should be had with reference
to the death of President Abraham Lincoln. NUMBER XIX.- Joint resolution expressing the sense of the general assembly on the death of President
Abraham Lincoln. NUMDER XX.-joint resolution to support the administration of President Johnson. NUMBER XXI.-Joint resolution requesting the governor of the State to communicate certain facts to the
President of the United States.
NUMPER XXII.—Joint resolution allowing mileage to Messrs. Grantham and Tighe.
G. Harris. NUMBER XXXV.-A joint resolution to meet the house in convention to elect a State comptroller. NUMBER XXXVI. ---Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to wait on the national banks of the State. NOMBER XXXVII.--Joint resolution to meet in convention to elect an entry-taker for the Ocoee district NUMBER XXXVIII.-Joint resolution appointing cominissioners to settle with the Louisville and Nashville
railroad, NUMBER XXXIX.- Joint resolution applying to the President for troops. NUMBER XL.-A joint resolution appointing a committer to memorialize Congress. NUMBER XLI.-Resolution of inquiry in relation to the Hermitage property. NUMBER XLII. --Joint resolution raising a joint committee on the elective franchise. NUMBER XLIII.-Joint resolution requesting the governor to lay before the legislature certain correspondence. NUMBER XLIV.-A joint resolution declaring certain civil offices vacant, and providing for filling the same. NUMBER XLV.-Joint resolution to raise a joint committee to examine into the condition of the Bank of Ten
nessee and branches. NUMBER XLVI.-Joint resolution to authorize the secretary of state to take charge of the senate chamber and
the hall of the house of representatives. NUMBER XLVII. -Joint resoluton to meet in convention to elect a keeper of the penitentiary. NUMBER XLVIII. --Joint resolution of thanks to Major General Stoneman. NUMBER XLIX.—Joint resolution requesting information from the bondholders of Tennessee bonde. NUMBER L.-Joint resolution directory to the attorney general of the state. NUMBER LI.-Joint resolution taking charge of the assets of the Bank of Tennessee. NUMBER LII.-A joint resolution providing for the number of acts and journals of the legislature of 1865 to be
printed for distribution. NUMBER LIII.-- A joint resolution in relation to a certain class of Tennessou Union soldiers who lost their
lives in the army of the Union during the rebellion, NUMBER LIY.-Joint resolution directory to the trustees of Teunersee Hospital for the Insane. NUMBER LV.-Joint resolution appointing a committee to wait on the major general commanding the depart
ment and make inquiries in relation to certain assessments. NUMBER LVI.-A joint resolution appointing a committee to settle with Hon. Joseph S. Fowler, late comp
troller and acting treasurer of the State. NUMBER LVII. -Joint resolution directory to the secretary of state. NUMBER LVIII.—Joint resolution requesting the governor to employ an attorney-at-law, NUMBER LIX.--Joint resolution directory to the comptroller, NUMBER LX.-Joint resolation directory to the keeper of the penitentiary. NUMBER LXI.-Joint resolution postponing the business before the general assembly. NUMBER LXII.-Joint resolution to have published in certain newspapers “An act to limit the elective
franchise." NUMBER LXIII.-Joint resolution of thanks to Brevet Brigadier General J. L. Donaldson, chief quartermaster
department of the Cumberland, and Captain Hunter Brooke, provost marshal. NUMBER LXIV.-Joint resolution congratulatory at the appointment of Major General Thomas to this military
INTRODUCTORY DOCUMENTS. The following papers embrace the commission of Hon. Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee, from the War Department at Washington; his instructions from President Lincoln, in accordance with the 4th section of the 4th article of the federal Constitution ; the call of the Executive Union Committee of the State for a State convention, to meet December 19, 1864, at the State capitol; and the call of the same committee for a postponed meeting of the same convention, to meet January 8, 1865, said postponement being rendered necessary in consequence of the siege of Nashville by the rebel army; the alterations and amendments to the State constitution, proposed to the peoplo of Tennessee by that convention, with the accompanying resolutions of that body; the proclamation of Governor Johnson authorizing the opening of the polls throughout the State for the ratification or rejection of said amendments and alterations to the constitution; and the final proclamation of Governor Johnson, declaring said amendments and alterations to be legally adopted as a part of the constitution by formal ratification of the loyal voters of the State