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In Washington, the U.S. Senate passes the proposed 13th Amendment to the Constitution, 38-6.

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04/08/1864
In Washington, the U.S. Senate voted on the joint resolution to submit to the states a constitutional amendment that would abolish slavery throughout the United States.  The measure easily passed with the two-thirds majority needed by a vote of 38-6.  The measure went on to the House where debate began on May 31, 1864. After initial failures to reach the required majority, the House finally voted through the measure on January 31, 1865.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Henry Wilson, History of the Antislavery Measures of the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth United States Congresses, 1861-65 (Boston: Walker, Fuller & Company, 1865), 265.
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