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In Washington, the Senate passes measures to extend the authority of the Freedmen's Bureau

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008
01/25/1866
Senator Lyman Trumbull's bill to extend the life and authority of the Freedmen's Bureau passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 10, along strict party lines. The Bureau had been founded in March 1865 to aid freed slaves in making the transition to freedom.  The bill passed the House twelve days later but President Johnson unexpectedly vetoed the measure on February 19, 1866.  The Senate immediately voted to override but failed to muster the required majority. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Barnes, History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1868), 136. 
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