Negro suffrage in the district

January 12, 1866


Congress discusses a revised version of the District Suffrage bill.


A four hours' debate proved to-night that the majority were opposed to the bill as reported from the Committee on the Judiciary, which simply proposes to strike from all laws in force in the District of Columbia the word white. Several gentlemen were in favor of having a new form of government for the District, Congress to possess direct control of affairs, but the general sentiment was that the qualifications for suffrage should bear equally on both white and black, including the capacity to read and write. The pending bill, it is probable, will be amended accordingly.
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