United States House Committee On Territories
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United States House Committee On Territories

The United States House Committee on Territories was a committee of the United States House of Representatives from 1825 to 1946 (19th to 79th Congresses).[1] Its jurisdiction was reporting on a variety to topics related to the territories, including legislation concerning them, and their admission as new states.[2]


The United States House Committee on Territories was established on December 13, 1825. It was established with the power to look into the legislative, civil, and criminal proceedings of any of the Territories, and to devise and report to the House decisions that may be necessary to secure the rights and privileges of residents and nonresidents. However in 1880 the House ruled that the committee had additional jurisdiction of all subjects relating to territorial legislation, the revision of legislation in territories, or the admission of states.[1]

Over its lifetime the committee reported legislation that affected the structure, status or power of the territorial governments, statehood, the power of municipalities, and boundary disputes. Additionally on public land in territories they had authority over railroads, public works and buildings, highways, taxes, bond issuing, education, Indian control, prohibition and wildlife.[1]

Petitions of the 62d through 79th Congresses (1911-46) relate almost exclusively to Alaska and Hawaii. The petitions from Alaska concerned issues of self-governance, transportation, coal, fisheries, forest reserves, interstate commerce, wagon roads and trails, new land districts, disposition of public moneys from sales of public lands for road and school funds, health regulations, aid for destitute whites, medical and sanitary relief for Alaskan Indians and natives, aids to navigation, land surveys, railways and conservation. Requests for statehood and for distribution of public lands dominated the petitions made by Hawaii.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Guide to House Records: Chapter 13: Territories". National Archives. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Asher C. Hinds, Hinds' Precedents of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1907), vol. 4, p. 768. via https://www.archives.gov/legislative/guide/house/chapter-13-territories.html#[1]

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