Louisiana Purchase Timeline 1804

1804 In a nutshell: All the territory of Louisiana is transferred to US control. Lewis and Clark Expedition heads west.

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8th Congress, 1st Session

January 5, 1804

The Senate debates “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 13, 1804

The Senate continues to debate “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 14, 1804

The Senate passes “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes”with amendments; the title is changed by striking out the words “giving effect to the laws of the United States,” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “for laying and collecting duties on imports and tonnage.”

January 16, 1804

President Thomas Jefferson sends a message to Congress regarding the formal transfer of the Louisiana Territory to the United States from France, which includes the December 20, 1803, letter from William C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson announcing the transfer.

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to the bill entitled “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives considers the amendments proposed by the Senate to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 17, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

January 23, 1804

The Senate receives an “Application to prohibit the importation of slaves into the territory of Louisiana.”

January 24, 1804

The House of Representatives presents a report on the Senate amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 25, 1804

The House of Representatives debates a report on the Senate amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 26, 1804

The House of Representatives debates and votes on Senate amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

January 30, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

January 31, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives agrees to a conference with the Senate on “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

February 2, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

February 3, 1804

The House of Representatives debates “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

February 7, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

February 9, 1804

The House of Representatives receives a message from the Senate concerning amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

The Senate debates amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

February 10, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

February 13, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives and the Senate agree on amendments to “An act giving effect to the laws of the United States within the Territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes.”

February 16, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

February 18, 1804

The Senate passes “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives passes a resolution “to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the President of the United States to employ persons to explore such parts of the province of Louisiana as he may think proper.”

February 20, 1804

The House of Representatives orders “An act erecting Louisiana into two territories, and providing for the temporary government thereof” to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

President Thomas Jefferson sends a message to Congress entitled “Fraudulent Practices in Acquiring Lands in Louisiana.”

February 24, 1804

President Thomas Jefferson signs into law “An act for laying and collecting of duties on imports and tonnage within the territories ceded to the United States by the treaty of the thirtieth of April, one thousand eight hundred and three, between the United States and the French Republic, and for other purposes."

February 28, 1804

The House of Representatives debates “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

February 29, 1804

The House of Representatives continues to debate “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives orders “An Act providing for the expenses of the Civil Government of Louisiana” to be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

March 3, 1804

The House of Representatives passes “An Act providing for the expenses of the Civil Government of Louisiana.”

March 8, 1804

The House of Representatives, Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, reads a report “to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the President of the United States to employ persons to explore such parts of the province of Louisiana as he may think proper.”

President Thomas Jefferson sends a message to Congress on the “Importation of slaves into Louisiana” and the “Exploration of Louisiana.”

March 9, 1804

The House of Representatives debates “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 14, 1804

The Senate passes “An Act providing for the expenses of the Civil Government of Louisiana.”

The House of Representatives debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 15, 1804

The House of Representatives debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives passes with Senate amendments “An Act providing for the expenses of the Civil Government of Louisiana.”

March 16, 1804

The House of Representatives debates and votes on amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 17, 1804

The House of Representatives passes “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 19, 1804

President Thomas Jefferson signs into law “An Act providing for the expenses of the Civil Government of Louisiana.”

March 20, 1804

The Senate debates and votes on the House of Representatives’ amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

The House of Representatives receives a message from the Senate regarding amendments accepted and rejected to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 21, 1804

The House of Representatives debates and votes on the Senate amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof.”

March 23, 1804

The House of Representatives retreats from their amendments to “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof” and notifies the Senate.

March 26, 1804

President Thomas Jefferson signs into law “An Act erecting Louisiana into two Territories and providing for the Temporary Government thereof,” which divides Louisiana into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.

March 27, 1804

The House of Representatives passes “An Act to provide for a more extensive distribution of the Laws of the United States.”

The Senate passes “An Act to provide for a more extensive distribution of the Laws of the United States.”

President Thomas Jefferson signs into law “An Act to provide for a more extensive distribution of the Laws of the United States.” This act stipulates that one hundred copies of the Laws of the United States be distributed to the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.

8th Congress, 2nd Session

November 8, 1804

President Thomas Jefferson presents his Fourth Annual Message to Congress, which mentions disagreements with Spain regarding the Louisiana territory and the formation of a temporary government in Louisiana.

President Thomas Jefferson sends papers to Congress relating to the opposition of Spain to the cession of Louisiana to the United States.

President Thomas Jefferson sends a message to Congress containing a “Description of the lead mines in upper Louisiana.”

December 3, 1804

The House of Representatives receives “a memorial from the inhabitants of Louisiana, said to be signed by 2,000 heads of families, which takes a view of the laws of the United States, for their Territorial government.”

December 31, 1804

The Senate receives a communication entitled “Remonstrance of the People of Louisiana.”

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