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In Washington, Senator Trumbull introduces measures to extend the authority of the Freedmen's Bureau

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008
01/05/1866
On the first day of the Senate's new year, Senator Lyman Trumbull announced that he would introduce a bill extending the authority of the Freedmen's Bureau.  The Bureau had been founded in March 1865 to aid freed slaves in making the transition to freedom, providing them with food, shelter, work, and protection from recriminations from bitter Southern whites.  The bill passed but suffered President Johnson's veto, which was not over-ridden.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Barnes, History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1868), 105.