President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law.  It provided 160 acres of public land to any man or woman over the age of twenty-one willing to develop it for five years.  It came into effect on January 1, 1863. (By John Osborne)
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Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 304.
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