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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants

Chapter II,   pp. 38-52 PDF (2.3 MB)

Page 38

these settlers neglected to secure to themselves, by
formal titles, the fields they had so long occupied.
However, in 1818, the United States Congress passed
a law confirming them in their possessions. Such is
the history of the discovery and first settlement of
Wiskonsan, and the countries to the North, West, and
South of it.
                   CHAPTER I.
   In 1836 the local government of the territory was
established by an Act of Congress.
   It consists of a Governor, Secretary, three judges,
 Marshall and Attorney. who are appointed by the Pre-
 sident; and' a Legislative Assembly composed of two
 Houses, one consisting of twenty six members and the
 other of thirteen, each elected by the people. The
 salaries of the officers, and all the expenses for the
 support of the government are disbursed by the Uni-
 ted States. The Governor is ex-officio superintendent
 of Indian affairs, within the territory; the Secretary
 holds his office for four years; the members of the
 council are duly elected for the same term, and the
 huse of representatives for two years. The powers
 of the Legislature extends to all rightful subjects of
 territorial legislation; but all laws have to be submit-
 ted to Congress for approval.
    The Supreme Court consist of a chief Justice and
  two associate Judges, who hold a term annually at

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