Applications to Congress for Pension Claims

Bills and Resolutions:

Bills and Resolutions, House of Representatives, 39th Congress. An Act Granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York. February 9, 1866. H.R. 265.
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Senate bill No. 323, and read and passed to a second reading. A Bill For the relief of Polly Booth, of the county of Madison, State of New York. February 9, 1866.  S. 323

U. S. Congressional Proceedings on Pension Claims, 1837 - 1866 :

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, MONDAY, January 30, 1837.
Mr. W. K. Fuller presented a petition of David Shipman, of Smithfield, in the county of Madison, and State of New York, a revolutionary soldier, praying a pension.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, MONDAY, May 25, 1840.
Mr. Clark presented a petition of Sylvester Nash, of Madison county, in the State of New York, a soldier in the late war with Great Britain, praying for a pension.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, MONDAY, December 9, 1844.
By Mr. E. R. Potter: A petition of Lucy Davis, of Madison county, in the State of New York, widow of William Davis, deceased, for the payment of arrearages of pension granted to her husband, and unlawfully withheld by the Commissioner of Pensions: which petition was referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, TUESDAY, January 13, 1846.
The following petitions, memorials, and other papers, were laid on the Clerk's table, under the 24th rule of the House, to wit: 
By Mr. Hough: A petition of Jacob Patrick, of Sullivan, Madison county, and State of New York, a soldier of the revolutionary war, and a pensioner of the United States, praying for an increase of pension.
Ordered, That said petitions be referred to the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions.

House of Representatives of the United States, WEDNESDAY, April 8, 1846
By Mr. Jenkins: A petition of Stephen Northrup, of Madison county, and State of New York, one of the children and heirs-at-law of Stephen Northrup, deceased, who was a soldier of the army of the Revolution, and late a pensioner of the United States, praying for the pension due to Rhoda Northrup, deceased, who was the widow of the said Stephen Northrup;
Also, a petition of Adam Garlock, of Lenox, county of Madison, and State of New York, praying for a pension on account of his services as a soldier of the American army in the war of the Revolution;

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, FRIDAY, January 5, 1855.
On motion of Mr. Warren, by unanimous consent,
Ordered, That the Committee on Public Lands be discharged from the further consideration of the petition of citizens of Madison county, New York, in favor of allowing bounty land and pensions to the soldiers of the war of 1812; and that the same be laid on the table.
Mr. Hillyer, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution; which was read, considered and agreed to, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Private Land Claims be authorized to employ a clerk, at a rate of compensation not exceeding four dollars per day.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, TUESDAY, January 9, 1855.
By Mr. Goodwin: The petition of citizens of Eaton, Madison county, New York, for pensions and bounty land to the soldiers of the war of 1812.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, WEDNESDAY, January 24, 1855.
Mr. Seward presented a petition of citizens of Ontario County, and four petitions of the citizens of Madison County, New York, in the State of New York, paying additional grants of bounty land to such of the soldiers of the War of 1812, and to the widows and heirs of those deceased, as have not received 160 acres of land, and that each officer and solder of said war, and the widows of those deceased, may be allowed a pension.
Ordered, That they lie on the table.  

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, FRIDAY, February 9, 1866.
Mr. Benjamin, from the same committee, reported bills of the following titles, viz:
H. R. 264. A bill granting, a pension to Mrs. Altazena L. Wilcox, of Chenango county, in the State of New York; and
H. R. 265. A bill granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York;
accompanied by reports in writing in each case; which bills were severally read a first and second time.
Ordered, That the said bills be engrossed and read a third time.
Being engrossed, they were severally read the third time and passed.
Mr. Benjamin moved, in each case, that the vote on the passage of the said bills be reconsidered, and also moved that the motion to reconsider be laid on the table; which latter motion was agreed to.
Ordered, That the Clerk request the concurrence of the Senate in the said bills.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, FRIDAY, February 9, 1866
The House of Representatives has passed the following bills, in which it requests the concurrence of the Senate: H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, FRIDAY, April 13, 1866.
The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 265) granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate.
On motion by Mr. Lane,
Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed to to-morrow.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, FRIDAY, May 18, 1866.
The Senate have passed bills of the House of the following titles, viz: H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, FRIDAY, May 18, 1866. On motion by Mr. Lane, of Indiana, The Senate proceeded to consider, as in Committee of the Whole, the bill (H. R. 265) granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York; and no amendment being made, it was reported to the Senate. 
Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.
The said bill was read the third time.
Resolved, That it pass.
Ordered, That the Secretary notify the House of Representatives thereof.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, MONDAY, May 21, 1866.
Mr. Trowbridge, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that the committee had examined and found truly enrolled bills of the following titles, viz:
H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, MONDAY, May 21, 1866.
Mr. Howe reported from the committee that they had examined and found duly enrolled the following bills: H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county in the State of New York.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, TUESDAY, May 22, 1866.
Mr. Trowbridge, from the same committee, reported that the committee did this day present to the President of the United States bills and a joint resolution of the following titles, viz:  H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, TUESDAY, May 22, 1866.
Mr. Howe reported from the committee that they yesterday presented to the President of the United States the following enrolled bills and joint resolution: H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, WEDNESDAY, May 23, 1866.
Two messages in writing were received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Cooper, his private secretary, which were handed in at the Speaker's table; also, a message notifying the House that he did, on the 22d instant, approve and sign bills of the following titles, viz: H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, THURSDAY, May 24, 1866.
The President of the United States approved and signed, on the 22d instant, the following acts: 
H. R. 265. An act granting a pension to John Hoffman, of Madison county, in the State of New York.

Source: A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation. (May 14, 2004)

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