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President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act

Abraham Lincoln, Mathew Brady Studio Image, February 9, 1864, detail
05/20/1862
President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.  It provided 160 acres of public land to any man or woman over the age of twenty-one willing to develop it for five years.  It came into effect on January 1, 1863. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 304.

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