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President Abraham Lincoln calls a special early session of the new 37th Congress

Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1861, Brady image, detail
04/15/1861
In light of the national crisis, President Abraham Lincoln called an early special session of the 37th Congress, by executive order. The Congress assembled on July 4, 1861.  By that time hostilities between northern and southern forces had commenced in earnest. (By John Osborne)
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Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "House History."  http://clerk.house.gov/art_history/house_history/index.html

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