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President Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Bill of 1866

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008
03/27/1866
Congress continued with the work of Reconstruction with the Civil Rights Bill, passing Lyman Trumbull's legislation by a vote of 33-12 in the Senate and the House 109-38, after heated debate.  President Johnson by then had unexpectedly vetoed the Freemen's Bureau Bill and followed up with the veto of the Civil Rights Bill on this day, citing its unconstitutional intrusion on states' rights. Congress, in an historic reaction, later over-rode this veto. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Barnes, History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1868), 246.
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