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An act providing a civil government for Alaska, May 17, 1884


Organic Act of 1884. From text of document: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the territory ceded to the United States by Russia by the treaty of March thirtieth, eighteen hun- dred and sixty-seven and known as Alaska, shall constitute a civil and judicial district, the government of which shall be organized and administered as hereinafter provided. The temporary seat of government of said district is hereby established at Sitka. Physical description: 5p. Source: 23 Stat.24

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