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HISTORY OF THE FORMATION OF THE UNION

UNDER THE CONSTITUTION

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Joint Resolution

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JOINT RESOLUTION Providing for the preparation and completion of plans for a comprehensive observance of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Constitution of the United States.

Resolred by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby established a commission, to be known as the “United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission” (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission'') for the celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Constitution, and to be composed of eighteen commissioners, as follows: The President of the United States; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, ex officio; five persons to be appointed by the President of the United States; five Senators to be appointed by the President of the Senate; and five Representatives by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Sec. 2. The commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be paid their actual and necessary traveling, hotel, and other expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.

Sec. 3. The Commission shall select a chairman and appoint a Director, who shall appoint, with the approval of the Commission, such assistants and subordinates as he deems necessary.

Sec. 4. That it shall be the duty of the commissioners, after promulgating to the American people an address relative to the reason of its creation and of its purpose, to prepare a plan or plans, and a program for the adequate celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary, and to give due and proper consideration to any plan or plans which may be submitted to them; and to take such steps as may be necessary in the coordination and correlation of plans prepared by State's commissions, or by bodies created under appointment by the Governors of the respective States, and by representative civic bodies.

Sec. 5. That the Commission shall, on or before the 20th day of January 1936, make a report to the Congress, in order that enabling legislation may be enacted.

SEC. 6. That the Commission hereby created shall expire December 31, 1939.

Sec. 7. That the Commission may receive from any source contributions to aid in carrying out the general purpose of this resolution, but the same shall be expended and accounted for in the same manner as any appropriation which may be made under authority of this Act.

Sec. 8. There is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $10,000 to defray expenses.

Approved August 23, 1935.

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Presidential Commissioners
C. O'Conor GOOLRICK

Virginia
DANIEL J. TOBIN

Indiana
William HIRTH

Missouri
MAURICE E. HARRISON

California
Harry AUGUSTUS GARFIELD

Massachusetts

Director General

REPRESENTATIVE SOL BLOOM

Historian

David M. MATTESON

Executive Offices: 524 Old House Office Building, Washington, D. C.

U S GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1941

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