225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
Senator Richard Bassett of Delaware presented his credentials to the Senate on March 21, 1789. His fellow senator from Delaware, George Read (whom he shared credentials with), did not arrive in New York until April 13. The Senate needed two more senators to attain their first quorum after Senator Bassett took his seat.
Act of March 21, 1864, Public Law 38-30, 13 STAT 30, which admitted Nevada as a state in the Union and enabled its people to form a constitution and state government, 3/21/1864
General Records of the United States Government
National Archives Identifier: 299819
In an effort to ensure Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in 1864, Nevada’s path to statehood was expedited by Union sympathizers during the Civil War. Ultimately it would admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864, just eight days before the Presidential Election.
Plan of Alcatraz Prison Towers at the Dock and Power House, 1940
Fifty years ago today, the Federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closed on March 21, 1963. Acquired by the Department of Justice in 1933, the federal prison opened in 1934. Over the course of its years in operation, the prison hosted such infamous figures as Al Capone, Robert Stroud (aka The Birdman), George “Machine Gun” Kelly, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Rafael Cancel Miranda. These plans for prison towers at the dock and power house were part of the overall modernization of the prison facilities undertaken in 1940.